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Striking Range


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C



Lou Diamond Philips is not a bad actor.  He really is professional enough to always put his full efforts into what he does and early on, his work in La Bamba and Young Guns set him up for a more enduring career than even he could have realized.  Though his choice of projects have not been so great (though Courage Under Fire is a really good film), in part because of the limited number of good scripts of late, Writer/Director Daniel Millican’s Striking Range (2005) is yet another B-movie in Action or Horror he seems to get caught up in.


He plays the head of an elite security squad trying to help a dumb businessman whose illegal arms deal goes wrong, but he becomes more personally involved and targeted as the story goes on.  Unfortunately, Millican’s script is very by the book with bad jokes and predictability all over.  Throw in a few tired clichés and forget it.  B-Action fans will be happy martial arts expert Jeff Speakman is in the film, but that never works out either.  At least they got their paychecks.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is soft and colors are a little weak, but it is also trying to duplicate the current tired look of the action genre.  That works against it and this transfer is nothing special, any more than the way it was shot.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is on the weak side, with infrequent surrounds and suppressed dialogue.  The only extra besides trailers is the Millican audio commentary, which is so-so.


Philips best recent work was in a role on the TV show Numbers (reviewed elsewhere on this site), though it was uncertain whether it would be a new occurrent character or possibly a spin-off role for another show in the long run.  Hope he gets another break.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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