• Todd Puhl

Movie Review: Armed Response

Updated: May 27, 2019

‘A team of highly trained operatives find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous team.’

IMDb rating 3.7/10 Metacritic 13/100 Rotten Tomatoes 0%

Yet another release from WWE Studios but one with a bit of star power added to it. Armed Response stars Wesley Snipes one of his few movies since he ‘returned’ in Expendables 3 as well as Anne Heche (most recently from Aftermath and The Dig) and of course as well as WWE Superstar Seth Rollins (aka Tyler Black aka Colby Lopez). I don’t know what it is with me and these WWE Studio releases but I for some reason get a bit of entertainment out of them just to see if the on-screen wrestling work translates into a role of some sort. For some, it isn’t a far stretch and others well it’s much more than a stretch to say the least.

So the movie is one of 15 in 2017 to receive a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I didn’t think it was ‘that’ bad. Was it bad? Yes. Would I compare it to something like Manos: The Hands of Fate? Not at all. I think it is a pretty harsh rating and I would probably put it in line with the IMDB rating. I think Metacritic is pretty harsh but then again there aren’t a tonne of reviews on Tomatoes or Metacritic however there are a lot more on IMDb.

It’s about a tactical team investigating ‘The Temple’ a high-tech blacksite that is developed to extract the truth. It’s used to interrogate terrorists and use all the intel gathered to extract the right information. But the team running it are killed and a tactical team is sent in to investigate what is going on and what happened. There is tension with the team from time to time but in the end it is a man versus machine style storyline and it really falls flat in the end.

This film is far from a blockbuster that is for certain. I had some issues with some of the first person camera shots (as if from there cameras) but it reminded me of those horrible first person shots from the Doom movie with The Rock. The big issue I had was when the ‘big bad’ was exposed and that I’m sure is what most people had issue with for the movie. The story isn’t overly compelling and then tension isn’t as consistent as it could be from start to finish.

I couldn’t help but chuckle at some of the reviews of the film and there is one in particular. ‘The only real mystery is if Snipes will rebound from this into better projects, or if movies this cheap and uninspiring will be his new normal.’ I wonder the same thing if we will get the Wesley Snipes of old or an old Wesley Snipes and have a long run of films similar to likes of Steven Seagal’s releases as of late. Here’s to hoping this is just a stepping stone for Snipes and we can get back to some films that are on par with some of his classics. Doesn’t even have to be an action flick maybe we get a gem of a comedic performance like Willie Mays Hayes from Major League I doubt it but I can hope.

Unless you are a die hard Snipes fan and have to see everything he does or are checking out Seth Rollins’ role as the next WWE superstar to take on an acting role you are more than likely going to pass on this film. There are many things wrong with the movie from start to finish including the story, the acting and the dialogue throughout the film. It’s not a good film overall I guess I have taken another one for the team here. I tend to do that a lot but then again I do get a little something out of the indy films and it isn’t going to stop me. They get made and someone will watch them and it seems to be me and no one else I know and I’m ok with that. I’ve found a bunch of good gems and diamonds in the rough it just doesn’t happen all that often.

1.5 Beards out of 5

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