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Blu-ray Review: The Package

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Good old fashioned action fare is always in season, so when our friends at Anchor Bay sent out a copy of “The Package” for us to review, well, that got my notice. This one won’t be out until February 19, so keep your eyes out for this one, especially if you like your action a little on the retro side.

“The Package” introduces us to Tommy Wick, combat veteran, nightclub bouncer and part-time enforcer for the Seattle mob. Yes, apparently, there’s a Seattle mob. But anyway, Tommy’s got a full night ahead of him as his bosses have asked him to courier a package to “The German”, an international crime lord and part-time homicidal maniac.

Wick and The German know each other from a long way back, and Tommy’s run to take the package to the German isn’t going to be easy. In fact, he’s going to be beset on all sides by a host of thugs, low-lifes and all-around killers in order to carry out his bosses’ instructions. Can Tommy get the package where it needs to be? Or will someone put an end to Tommy’s career–and his life–before he can finish his run?

“The Package” is a bit old fashioned as action films go, featuring pro wrestling legend Steve Austin and long-time action great Dolph Lundgren.  There’s some duplicity, a few good surprises, a little gunplay. If it weren’t for the updated cast and the modern-era playback–this looks surprisingly sharp in Blu-ray–it would be largely indistinguishable from a movie released in, say, the eighties. That’s certainly not to say this is a bad movie, not by any means, but it’s just not anything particularly new or interesting. That’s great for those who enjoy these kinds of proceedings, but for those who were looking for a slice of the new and exciting, it’s going to be a development that disappoints to no end.

There will be a bit of redemption here in the ending few minutes, but it’s still really rather pedestrian in the end. Soundly done, sure, and a fine example of the craft, but not exactly long on innovation. An exciting sequence involving submachine guns held like machine pistols steps in, and that certainly helps, but still, a little light on the innovation.

For a Blu-ray release–complete with DVD–the special features on this one are oddly sparse. They’re limited to English and Spanish subtitles, which while welcome, are still quite odd. Normally a Blu-ray boasts a whole lot more than that, even just trailers of other releases. But there’s nothing like that to be had here, and that’s unusual.

“The Package” is hard to say too much bad about, really; it’s a thoroughly unspectacular spectacle, but it’s certainly a sound enough proposition to make anyone happy. A great rental, though not the best owner, it will do its job and then some. That’s good enough for most, and will certainly do it here.

 

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