'Hunt To Kill'
(Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Gary Daniels, et al / DVD / R / 2010 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: When Jim's (STEVE AUSTIN) teenage daughter is kidnapped, he's forced to lead a band of ruthless killers into the wilderness to retrieve their share of a missing heist score. In order to rescue his daughter, Jim must use his unique brand of survival skills to outsmart the kidnappers before it's too late. HUNT TO KILL is an action packed adrenaline rush about a man operating on his most primal instincts to save the one thing he's willing to die for - his daughter.
DVD Verdict: HUNT TO KILL stars Steve Austin as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, stationed in the rugged wilderness of Northern Montana and living with his rebellious teenage daughter.
A group of fleeing, murderous thieves take them hostage and force Austin to lead them through treacherous backwoods across the Canadian border. Knowing that it is only a matter of time before these fugitives, led by Gil Bellows, will kill them, Austin draws on his survivalist training in order to bring them down, one-by-one.
Some stunning scenery and a several terrific stunts, including a couple in which Austin (or his double) take a dive off a perilous cliff, can't save this film from a terrible script that, despite the efforts of some talented actors, presents its villains as cardboard cartoon-like characters whose actions make no sense whatsoever. And, in the end, we have another one of those unbelievable chief heavies (Bellows) who just won't die...even though he's being continually battered and broken by Austin, who is twice his size.
The unfortunate thing about this film is that, had director Keoni Waxman and the writers taken the time to flesh out their heavies and make their actions more believable, this could have been a pretty good little movie. Certainly all of the production values were present. [MBD] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with director Keoni Waxman and actor Michael Eklund (Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassin’s Ball)
Behind-the-Scenes of 'Hunt to Kill' Featurette