(Original Publication Date: December 4th, 2016) By: John M Jerva
Who’s In It: Dominic Purcell, Cody Hackman, Stephen Lang, Trish Stratus and Danny Glover
What’s It About: Former SWAT leader David Hendrix is down on his luck and has failed to receive medical clearance after taking a bullet on the job. Despite being highly trained and competent, his efforts have been reduced to routine tasks for the NYPD. As if things couldn’t get any worse, he’s been forced to babysit Brody Walker, a hard partying celebrity that’s been sent on a mandatory ride along as part of his probation. Pampered and irritating, Walker is the last thing Hendrix needs. But all of that changes when a police training facility comes under attack by a team of ruthless mercenaries led by the mysterious Korver. Now, Hendrix and Walker must band together with the remaining survivors to fight back and keep the mercenaries from overtaking the compound…. if they don’t kill each other first.
Watch It, Own It or Forget It: Gridlocked is the latest in a line of action movies that are being made as a throwback to the 80’s and 90’s violent action-packed films we know and love. Nowadays, super hero movies, CGI laden films and children’s movies seem to be the flavor of the times but there are still filmmakers out there who know what action lovers want and Gridlocked is at the top of the list. It’s loaded with violent, gritty and brutal fights and shoot outs that will please even the most jaded fan of the genre.
Lets start with Dominic Purcell first. Purcell, who is best known for the great TV show Prison Break (which is coming back by the way) is the best thing of the movie. With his role as S.W.A.T. leader David Hendrix, Purcell has now become a true, legit action star. He has done some good films in the past such as Killer Elite with Jason Statham but Gridlocked is his best to date. He has a commanding presence and is 100 percent believable in the action sequences. Cody Hackman, best known for the low budget MMA film Tapped Out, shines as Brody Walker. In this role Hackman is spot on as the comic relief and also manages to get in on the action too. It’s a shame that Hackman, who is a martial arts expert, doesn’t get a chance to showcase his skills but that is a minor flaw. The rest of the cast deliver as well. Stephen Lang is awesome as the heavy of the film Korver. He plays the tough guy role to a T and is great in anything that he does. It was also great to see Danny Glover again in a nice smaller role.
The action in Gridlocked like I said is brutal and violent just like the great movies of the past. If your expecting wall to wall action though you will have to wait a little as the film has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes so we actually get to know the characters and see them interact with one another. But once the bullets start flying….look out! The final confrontation of Gridlocked is over 30 minutes long and it will definitely satisfy your craving for mayhem. There is some great shoot outs and hand to hand fights and the blood flows. The action is also shot great and you can make out everything. There is no shaky cam here. The body count rises throughout the film and escalates at the end. Just sit back and watch the bodies fly.
Gridlocked is a great throwback to the 80’s and 90’s when Schwarzenegger and Stallone ruled the box office. It gives the audience what it wants and makes no apologies for it. With films like this and the great Sinners and Saints, hopefully we will get more of these type of action films.
Verdict: OWN IT!
Gridlocked is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download.
Here’s the red band trailer for the film!