Notable Cast: Michael Jai White, Steven Austin, Max Ryan, Allen Yates
There is a fine line between being so bad it’s awesome and so bad it’s awful. When it comes to straight to home video action films, that line can easily sway one way or the other depending on a slew of factors. For Chain of Command, I was hoping that it would be the kind of film to lean towards being awesome. The combination of Michael Jai White and Stone Cold Steve Austin as opposite sides of a drug conspiracy in the military simply sounds awesome. Unfortunately this is anything BUT awesome. In fact, Chain of Command is something of a super awkward film filled with amateurish executions and failed concepts. It is, quite frankly, one of the worst action films I’ve seen this year.
When James’ (White) brother is killed in mysterious circumstances, the ex-military operative uncovers some questionable tactics between his brother and his old military buddies. When he starts to unravel an entire drug operation though, a tough hitman (Austin) is brought in to stop him.
|"Hold on, I'm trying to not kick someone in the face. It's just what I do well."|
The rest of Chain of Command can’t hold up either though. Director Kevin Carraway doesn’t seem to have a lick of sense on how to keep the pacing, editing, or cohesion of the film flowing. Almost all of the character actions are hilariously bad or horrifically forced (sometimes both), it’s littered with dialogue that doesn’t work, and the execution on all fronts is sloppily put together. The fight choreography is wooden, the edits are jumpy and ineffective, and the performances are shockingly poor. I mean, Steve Austin is always terrible but here he seems particularly disinterested. There is no fun to be had, no thrills to be had, and no unintentional humor to carry this film. It’s truly some bottom of the barrel material.
|"Hold on, I'm trying to act interested. It's the hardest thing I will do in my life for this movie."|