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The Russian Specialist (2005)

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  • Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 2 November 2006 (United Arab Emirates)
  • Runtime: 94 min
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  • IMDb page: The Russian Specialist (2005)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 2,741 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 2 November 2006 (United Arab Emirates)
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Filming Location: Bulgaria
  • Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
  • Director: Dolph Lundgren
  • Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Ben Cross, Ivan Petrushinov | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Elia Cmiral   
  • Soundtrack: Ne Tursia
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Mechanic | Drug Lord | Escape | Blood | Violence

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Bryan Edward Hill  screenplay
  • Dolph Lundgren  story

Known Trivia

  • When Dolph Lundgren approached Nu Image films with the wish of directing a second movie, Nu Image agreed, as long as two rules were followed: Lundgren must play the leading man, and the movie must incorporate locations under ownership of Nu image. This second rule meant Lundgren had to write the entire script based fully on the locations given to him by Nu image. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Director of photography Ross W. Clarkson received two awards in Australia for “The Mechanik”: Gold for feature film at the 2006 Queensland A.C.S (Australian Cinematographers Society) Awards, and an Award of Distinction at the National A.C.S. Awards. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Principal photography took place during 32 days. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • In the beginning of the movie, the bad guys pull into the village. The license plate says LOH (In Cyrillic). Loosely translated, it means a**hole in Russian. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Continuity: In some scenes the registrations of the cars are Russian, in others they are Bulgarian.

Plot: Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight… See more » |  »

Story: Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr ‘Sasha’ Popov’s mob men. He’s threatened with exposure as illegal car mechanic in L.A. by a fellow ex-pat tycoon who offers him $500,000 to liberate her kidnapped daughter. He only takes the job when told the capturers are Sasha’s goons again. The mission’s long path to find the girl and escape over the Finnish border, where his team is to be paid, is littered with blood and corpses. Written byKGF Vissers

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Boaz Davidson known as executive producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • Ewerhard Engels known as executive producer (as Ewerhard Ed Engels)
  • Jack Gilardi Jr. known as executive producer
  • Anton Hoeger known as producer
  • Avi Lerner known as executive producer
  • Scott Putman known as producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer
  • David Varod known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dolph Lundgren known as Nikolai Cherenko
  • Ben Cross known as William Burton
  • Ivan Petrushinov known as Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov
  • Olivia Lee known as Julia Abramoff
  • Raicho Vasilev known as Achmed (as Raicho Vassilev)
  • Assen Blatechki known as Yuri
  • Antony Argirov known as Serie
  • Valeri Yordanov known as Alexi
  • Dejan Angelov known as Pavel
  • Ivaylo Geraskov known as Leo (as Ivailo Geraskov)
  • Hilda van der Meulen known as Alina Cherenko
  • Naum Shopov known as Vanya Cherenko
  • Atanas Srebrev known as John Ridley (as Nasko Srebrev)
  • Levana Finkelstein known as Mary Abramoff
  • Nikolai Sotirov known as Victor Chertoff
  • Emil Markov known as Misha
  • Marianne Stanicheva known as Alla
  • Teodor Yordanov known as Vladimir
  • Alexander Tsitkilov known as Pushkin
  • Anastasia Panayotova known as Hooker
  • Barry Evans known as Barry
  • Rushi Vidinliev known as Taxi Driver
  • Maria Ilieva known as Natalya
  • Nickolay Hadjiminev known as Garage Boss
  • Nikolay Georgiev known as Thug
  • Yoanna Boukovska known as Counter Girl
  • Stefan Ivanov known as Doorman (Guard) 1
  • Chavdar Simeonov known as Doorman (Guard) 2
  • Veneta Harizanova known as Cocaine Girlfriend
  • Slavi Slavov known as Nevski
  • Kiril Efremov known as Man 1
  • Stefan Shterev known as Man 2
  • Valentin Burski known as German Man 1
  • Velizar Binev known as The German
  • Diyan Machev known as Dimitri
  • Andrey Slabakov known as Gypsy Father
  • Asen Mutafchiev known as Luda (Child)
  • Victor Boichev known as Doctor
  • Monika Ivanova known as Masha (Child)
  • Nikoleta Stoicheva known as Luva (Child)
  • Stanimir Stamatov known as Thug #4
  • Lubo Ganev

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Supporting Department

Art Department:
  • Borislav Belberov known as stand-by props
  • Yasen Denev known as illustrator
  • Anna Hadzhieva known as art department coordinator
  • Jordan Jordanov known as storyboard artist
  • Alexei Karagyaur known as graphic designer
  • Sonya Savova known as draftsperson
  • Dora Somova known as stand-by props
  • Rosen Stefanov known as set dresser
  • Kristian Stoyanov known as set dresser
  • Evgeni Yordanov known as carpentry foreman (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Nu Image / Millennium Films
  • Nu Image Films (as Nu Image) (presents)
  • Höger Human Service Medien & Personal GmbH (for)
  • Martien Holdings A.V.V.

Other Companies:

  • Hollywood Intermediate  digital intermediate services
  • Pictorvision  aerial camera system

Distributors:

  • Nu Image / Millennium Films (2005) (Non-USA) (all media)
  • Nu Image Films (2005) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Eagle Films (2006) (United Arab Emirates) (theatrical) (Middle East)
  • Big Time Entertainment (2006) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Bridge Entertainment Group (2006) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • DNC Entertainment (2008) (UK) (DVD)
  • Divisa Home Video (2012) (Spain) (DVD)
  • Filmax Home Video (2006) (Spain) (video)
  • Flashstar Home Vídeo (2006) (Brazil) (video)
  • GAGA (2006) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Gaumont/Columbia TriStar Home Video (GCTHV) (2006) (France) (DVD)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2006) (Germany) (video)
  • Magic Box (2007) (Czech Republic) (DVD)
  • Martien Holdings A.V.V.
  • Ninth Dimension Home Entertainment (2006) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Odeon (2005) (Greece) (video)
  • Opening Distribution (2006) (France) (DVD)
  • Pyramid Home Video (2005) (Russia) (video)
  • Roadshow Entertainment (2006) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2007) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2006) (USA) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Worldwide FX

Visual Effects by:

  • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects supervisor
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Tinko Dimov known as digital artist
  • Stanislav Dragiev known as visual effects supervisor on location
  • Steven Fagerquist known as digital compositor
  • Emil Georgiev known as model maker
  • Velislava Gospodinova known as digital effects compositor
  • Ivan Grozev known as digital artist
  • Danail Hadzhiyski known as on set visual effects supervisor
  • Velichko Ivanov known as digital compositor
  • Peter Keranov known as digital compositor
  • Danail Lazarov known as assistant visual effects editor
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects editor
  • Wolfgang Maschin known as digital compositor
  • Velislava Mihailova known as digital effects artist
  • Milena Peneva known as visual effects coordinator
  • Nick Peshunoff known as visual effects coordinator
  • Shero Rauf known as digital artist
  • Krasimir Rizov known as visual effects illustrator
  • Nikola Simeonov known as lead 3D artist
  • Stefan Tchakarov known as visual effects production supervisor
  • Filip Uzunov known as digital effects artist
  • Alexander Valev known as lead digital artist
  • John L. Weckworth known as digital compositor
  • Borislava Zahova known as visual effects
  • Vladimir Zdravkov known as visual effects technical support
  • Francisco Chaigneau known as digital effects artist (uncredited)
  • Leo Vezzali known as digital compositor (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, some sexuality and drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. Thomas Jolliffe (supertom-3) from Marlow, England
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    Dolph Lundgren made his directorial debut with the Defender. A greatlittle action movie that was really what his fans could have hoped for,a triumphant return to his best. Now his second film shows that itwasn’t merely a flash in the pan, or a fluke. Yes people DolphLundgren, never considered much kop in the acting department has nowproved he is a more than capable director, even suggesting that his newrole deserves him a shot at the big time.

    The Mechanik’s plot is thus: Nick Cherenko (Lundgren) is anex-spetznaz, parachutist, who served in Afghanistan. He now lives inhis homeland of Russia, with his wife and son working as a mechanic(hence the title.). During a drug deal involving Russian mobster Sasha,his wife and child are killed in the crossfire, Sasha gunning downNick’s wife. Nick later hunts down Sasha and his men, wiping them outand leaving Sasha assumed dead, with a nasty bullet hole in the face.Seven years later Nick is working in LA, illegally, as a mechanic whenhe is approached to do a job. He is to retrieve the kidnapped Julia,daughter of a wealthy businesswoman. Nick refuse until he discovers whokidnapped her, Sasha. He travels to Russia and meets with Burton (BenCross) who will supply him with weapon’s and assembles a team of mercsto help Nick get back Julia, while at the same time finishing what hedid 7 years previously, killing Sasha. The plot is simple yet writerBryan Hill allows more focus on characters, clearly in the style ofdirectors like Michael Mann. There are great character moments here,and some superbly played out scenes in amongst the action scenesfocusing on character. it’s the sort of quiet moments never seen in DTVaction films, including a great dinner sequence where Nick and his menrelax and unwind, a kind of calm before the storm. The dialogue is alsoengaging.

    The film looks fantastic. The washed out colours, make this reminiscentof brutal 70’s revenge flicks like Death Wish and Get Carter.Cinematographer Ross Clarkson has made sure this looks far beyond it’ssmall budget. Similarly Dolph’s visual style has developed even moresince his exciting debut. He shoots the film with conviction,stylistically picking little apples from different orchards, notsimply, as many directors do, picking from merely John Woo’s orchard(that guy has no apples left on his trees I can tell you), but Dolphgives reference to a varied group, from Woo, to Mann, to Peter Yatesand to modern indie directors like the Bourne films’ Doug Liman andPeter Greengrass.

    The action is excellent, a step up from the Defender. Again it’splentiful, yet the action is different in style. This time as opposedto a siege movie, this is an ass battering revenge flick so the actionconsists of bloody and violent shootouts, where like so rarely in hisprevious movies, every bullet has it’s own bullet hole. Windowsshatter, splinters fly, chest cavities burst open and things blow up.The fights scenes are brilliantly paced and use martial artsrealistically. it’s all done in one or two moves. No flashy Van Dammekicks, it’s arm breaks, shoulder tosses and neck breaks. Also the filmhas some vehicular chases that impress too.

    The music from Elia Cmirel is atmospheric, and delightfully reminiscentof his work in Ronin, simple, low key and effective. He doesn’t gothrough the motions here, he creates a score, as if proud to be scoringthis movie. This is possibly Dolph’s best score, particularly in thecontext of it being a genuinely good little film. In terms of the soundmix, this, like Defender, is pure class. The use of sound is excellent,while the general editing of the film is slick, well paced and nevergoes overboard.

    The cast are good. Dolph Lundgren gives probably his best performance.He doesn’t over-stretch himself as many action stars have been pronetoo, yet he raises his level of performance and does well. Olivia Leeis a rising up and comer who does well as Julia. The remainder of thecast are also excellent. Real class is also added by Ben Cross. He isgiven a good role as drunk Brit, Burton. Burton is in love with ahooker, who helps get them into Sasha’s club to retrieve Julia. Crossis excellent in a role more significant than I thought it would be. Heis comical and shows conviction in the dramatic scenes and his presenceis a real bonus to an already quality piece.

    This film really does show the future to be bright for Lundgren, shouldhe carry on directing his own movies. His cash cow power allows him toget his way on how he wants to film his action, meaning every lastpenny is spent, and time is taken for more elaborate set-ups. Lundgrenshows himself worthy of another shot at the big time in a film VanDamme and Seagal could only dream of having on their CV’s. In agenerally great year for films, Dolph has produced that rare thing, adecent, well made, DTV movie. Not only that but he has done it twice!This is Lundgren’s best by some way! ****

  2. Dennis Hoijt from Netherlands
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    I saw this film for rent and although it’s not the sort of film I’dusually go for, being a Dolph Lundgren movie, I was intrigued by thecool looking front cover. I read up some reviews, courtesy of IMDb, theonly ones I could find. It did seem a popular movie.

    Anyways I hired it and I must say the IMDb rating doesn’t do this filmjustice. It is really a surprise because it has some great littlemoments in it. Also it packs a punch in the more violent scenes anddoesn’t hold back, and I mean I was really wincing in some moments.

    It didn’t occur to me until the film opened and credited Lundgrenhimself as director. He did a fantastic job and his portrayal ofviolence really hits home like my favorite director Mr Paul Verhoeven.Lundgren I know is someone critics always mock, like Schwarzenegger,but Lundgren really shows talent as a director. I will have to watchhis other film the Defender. In regards to the acting, Lundgren alsodid a good job. Ben Cross is a good actor too and he does well in thisfilm.

    This is overall a quality piece, well worth watching.

  3. Haze888 from Australia
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    The Mechanik is a solid bare-bones action movie. If amazing specialeffects and an all-star cast are required to enjoy a movie, lookelsewhere.

    Nick Cherenko (Lundgren) previously of the Russian special forces, hashis family brutally killed by Russian Mobsters. Now he is offered areward to recover the daughter of a millionaire, forced intoprostitution by the same men. The plot is a no-brainer, its a simplerevenge story which has been done a thousand times. While the actingvaries, the locations give a real presence in the film. Wide sovietcountryside and wartorn villages help thicken the atmosphere.

    Action is paced, with some nicely executed shootouts. The violence isdepicted as gritty – bricks chip and windows shatter as mercenariesfall. Deaths come with an abundance of blood and gore.

    Overall, an entertaining flick with nice camera work and solid action.One of the better Dolph movies.

  4. Buck Forris from United States
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    I've never been much of a Lundgren fan, with my preferred viewing beingNorris and Seagal, with also Van Damme too. But to my surprise, duringa DTV rampage of these guys (The Hard Corps, Shadow Man and also theCutter too) Dolph's film the Mechanik was by a long, long, way the bestof the bunch. I've fallen by the wayside a little in recent years, andhaven't kept up to much with the action boys, but when your in themood, your in the mood. Anyway The Mechanik was fantastic. It's asimple storyline, and a simply delivered film, but it promisessomething, and delivers. The result is a violent, dirty and damn funaction movie. It's a great little regression to 70's and 80's actionfilms. I also understand it was shot on a fraciton of the budgets ofChuck's, Stevens and Jean Claudes, movies and still manages to look themost expensive too.

    Lundgren too gives a solid performance and looks in great shape. Infact dare I say it the other guys like either old, tired or overweight(all three in Seagal's case). Lundgren looks fresh and in great shape.Ben Cross was really good. That guy should have been a bigger star, areally good actor if anyone's seen his earlier work.

    On the negative side, the girl in the movie seems little more than apointless inclusion to aid the bloodshed, and the bad guy is a littletoo "hey look at me I'm the bad guy!" After all though, it's expectedfrom this sort of film so it's not a big problem. I also wasn't toosure what was with all the dissolves either, but on the most part thisfilm is directed with assurance and a great sense of pace, and ofcourse directed by Dolph himself! This film really acts as a showcasefor Dolph Lundgren. It's the Dolph show, and it's a good show. Itbrought back fond memories of cool Peckinpah movies. Good work Dolph!

  5. target-10 from United States
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    I just viewed "The Mechanik/Russian Specialist". It was a better moviethan I expected. The basic plot has been done multiple times and I rateit favorably with other comparable movies. The action was good thoughin some instances a bit over the top. I would have liked to have seenmore character development from the character Nick and the youngkidnapped lady. Nick's character was too one dimensional. There weremissed opportunities to develop these characters, (especially when theystayed overnight with the family in the countryside. (by the way,Bulgaria seems like it is a beautiful country). I think that the actorsthat portrayed that family did a superb job. The only real problem Ihad was during the Early scenes in the movie. The lighting was poor. Icould barely see the actors. Overall, I was pleased with this movie.

  6. Boris MAZEL (bomaz293@hotmail.com) from Toulouse, France
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    My review gonna be long . [ spoiler] Nick Cherenko is an ancientspetnatz . He lives in a small village with his wife and his son . Butone day , a local "godfather" come in the town . A massarce begin . Hiswife and his son are killed . Nick want a vengeance . He (thinks ) hehas killed the godfather . [] 7 years later , Nick lives illegally inLos Angeles , as a Mechanik . A woman want him to come back in Russiato bring her daughter back . Nick refuse first , but change his mindwhen he discover that the girl has been kidnapped by the "godather".Second film as director , first masterpiece , after a very good firstmovie .

    Even if "The Mechanik" is an action movie, it has its drama side . Thismovie mixes different genre . Drama , action , thriller ….

    As in "the defender " , violent scenes are really violent . Peoplebleeds violently , and action scenes are really strong . Actors give areal great interpretation . Ben Cross is absolutely incredible . Whenhis favorite hooker is killed , he give us a great drama scene . Dolphis a great director . The photography is really great , the directionis as good . This movie is very good . Very 70’s style . One hour and ahalf of pure entertaining dramatic action .

    Some directors should learn from him . I hope ( and I’m sure) he willgive us other masterpieces like this one .

  7. skovik from Slovenia
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    Dolph has really done it. The Mechanik is an action movie at it best.It has everything an action flick needs. A good guy, a bad guy,shooting, close combat, blood and broken bones and a huge death countat the (happy) end. The story is very simple. Nikolai Cherenko(Lundgren) is a former spetznas (Russian special forces) who, after hisfamily was killed by a mafia boss, went to the US to work as amechanic. After 7 years a lady comes to him and wants to hire him tosave here daughter which was kidnapped by the same gangster. Nickfinally takes the job but of course it is not about the money but allabout vengeance. He gets a backup team and… from here on the story andthe end is quite predictable. But it is not the story that makes thismovie a must see. It is the details, and mostly it is what the movieleaves out. You won't find long dialogs about morale and ethics,heroism in terms of "leave me behind I'm just slowing you down!" andthen the obligatory "never I'd rather die!". There are also no long manon man fights. What do you do if a black belt attacks you? Well if itwould bee any other movie, such a situation would develop into a 1 hourbare hands fight. But not here. Take your gun and shoot him. It is thatsimple. A very similar situation, the bad guy falls to the ground andloses his gun. Wait till he gets up? Continue the fight withoutweapons? Bah! You are standing, he is on the ground, you've got a gun,he hasn't. Shoot him! Not very honorable, but very fast and effective.After all he is there to get the girl not to win a karate tournament.At the end, The Mechanik is not your typical action flick. The hero isnot as heroic as you would perhaps like to have him. He is not doingall this because it is the right thing, but because he wants to seeblood. The Mechanik is a great action movie, just like in the good oldtimes when action didn't try to bee anything else, but simply action.It is simple, violent, direct and pure as the best Russian vodka! Amust see!

  8. Frank Markland from United States
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    Dolph Lundgren stars as Nick Cherinko, a former Russian super soldier(I think it is the same character in Red Scorpion!) who this time useshis special skills for vengeance when his family is wiped out byRussian mobsters however this is just the first fifteen minutes asLundgren wastes literally no time in delivering payback and it is whenhe finds out that the mobster lived that it becomes apparent that hemust return back to Russia and even the score. Rescuing a girl in theprocess is just secondary to satisfying his blood thirsty rage. I mustadmit that I enjoy a certain style of actioner, mainly the type inwhich the action is big, brutal and solid. Of course I was mildlysurprised by Lundgren's last movie The Defender due to it's good actionand solid story however I generally don't rent straight to video moviesbecause I got burned way too many times, however when this came on TV Isaw it and was VERY impressed with it. The Russian Specialist is athrow back to the Charles Bronson days when the heroes dispensedruthless justice and walked away with an ending that was happy foreveryone but them. Certainly there are some minor flaws and the mainone being that Lundgren has softened his accent so much he no longercan pull off that great of a Russian accent. Also Ben Cross (Best knownfrom Chariots Of Fire) is somewhat out of place in this movie but i'dbe lying if I didn't enjoy this brutal throwback to the classic revengeactioner. So this one is worthy of a rental. In fact I may go ontoAmazon and see if I can find a cheap DVD of this to add in mycollection. (The last Lundgren movie I bought on DVD was Bridge OfDragons)

    * * * out of 4-(Good)

  9. anghart from Australia
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    Dolph’s first directing effort, The Defender, was a nice little actionpiece. Granted, the movie was low budget, but there was enoughenthusiasm and excitement to make it worthwhile.

    The Russian Specialist,aka The Mechanik, as it should be called; is adistinct step UP for Dolph. His direction is incredibly assured forsomeone who’s only directed one other movie.

    I won’t go into story specifics here because everybody already knowswhat this about. However, I will go into the production andperformances.

    Dolph has changed as an actor. He’s matured, he’s confident in hisskin. That is half the battle, and he wins bigtime.

    Ben Cross is the comedy relief/dramatic Brit. He’s one of the film’sbetter assets.

    The rest of the performers are more than adequate. The villains inparticular, are slimy and nasty. It’s a good thing they’re slaughteredin such a brutal fashion!!! The script for this film, while hardlyoriginal, is pretty good for low budget fare like this. It pushes allthe right buttons at the right time. The dialog is also quite good.

    Dolph, the director, is in very good form. His style is loose andfluid. Think Tony Scott meets John Woo and you’re on the right track.

    The score by Elia Cmiral is haunting when it needs to be and tense whenthe crap hits the fan. Which brings us to the action set pieces.

    Although they’re not numerous, the action scenes are well done andVIOLENT! Dolph pulls no punches with this flick. The deaths come fast,hard and furious! Overall, this little film is quite good. I eagerlyawait the next Dolph film. To those who have not checked out this filmand The Defender, I recommend you do so.

  10. italian_angel_82 from Canada
    26 Jan 2014, 6:00 am

    Action superstar Dolph Lundgren directs and stars in this explosive andfast-paced action-thriller as a retired Special Forces soldier on amission of revenge.

    The Russian Specialist is terrific and surprisingly intense, it makesyou wonder, how did Dolph managed to make such a low budget movie looklike a high class movie with a big budget.

    Dolph makes the violence in this movie realistic, you will hear bonescrack, necks snap and bullets fly causing damage to whatever it hits.Dolph as a great vision as a director and captures the scenes very wellin the movie. The locations are very well chosen for the movie and thescenery is breathtaking, especially the overhead shoots throughout themovie.

    The cast for this movie is the best i have ever seen in a low budgetmovie, everyone plays out their role nicely done, Ben Cross does anamazing job with his character and Dolph does a great performance as avery well believable Russian character. This movies belongs on theA-list of movies and deserved a chance in a theatrical release.

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