Acceleration (2019) reviews and overview

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Acceleration is a 2019 American action thriller about a mom who has to carry out deadly tasks to rescue her son from a mob boss.

Directed by Michael Merino (Drakul; The Haunting of Pearson Place; The Milkman) and Daniel Zirilli (Hollow Point; The Asian Connection; Curse of Alcatraz) from a screenplay by Merino, the movie stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Liddell and Natalie Burn.

Plot:

Des Vladik Zorich (Dolph Lundgren), a villainous crime lord, is double-crossed by his most trusted operative Rhona (Natalie Burn). Vladik’s propensity for power, control, and violence drives him to kidnap Rhona’s son forcing her to participate in a twisted plan to eliminate one of Vladik’s enemies.

To keep her on a short leash, Vladik sets out the ‘rules’ to his ‘game’ and overseas Rhona’s every move as she navigates the darkened streets of Los Angeles. As her son’s life hangs in the balance, Rhona struggles to eliminate the most violent and depraved delinquents, however, Vladik underestimates the power of a mother’s love and finds himself losing control as his devious plan implodes…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Essentially marketed towards and baring resemblances to the on-going John Wick and Fast & Furious franchises, any viewer of this will find that it overall nothing going for with even the lowest expectations. The movie surprisingly isn’t derivative, it’s just that it’s truly unimaginative half the time when it’s not doing something already uninteresting.” The Action Elite

” …swirling camerawork and clunky sound effects turn half the action into incoherent messes – and when there’s a gun involved, it never looks like any cast members are in the same state, never mind same location. It’s hard to blame the cast – most especially Burn, who does exactly what is asked of her but could seemingly do so much more.” Austin Chronicle

“The film never really builds much suspense, and its ping ponging structure is actually kind of confounding at times. Lundgren literally phones it in (many of his scenes are simply him talking on the phone), but Burn has a certain athleticism and stark gravitas in this film that may appeal to some viewers.” Blu-ray.com

Acceleration is most effective in its superbly choreographed fight sequences, which Burn pulls off with aplomb — when you can see her, that is, since the action is bathed in the sort of metallic color scheme that mostly seems designed to test visual acuity. Entire scenes take place drenched in colors like blue, red and green, which seems less evocative of noirish visual atmosphere than a malfunction in the processing lab.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Perhaps you have to give some credit to Sean Patrick Flannery for making a lot of noise and chewing a great deal of scenery as Kane, but all his over-the-top dialogue sounds-like bargain-basement imitation Tarantino verbiage. So, what a shock, Acceleration is pretty lame.” J.B. Spins

” …Acceleration is not a movie that had very much potential even if it were in the hands of more competent filmmakers as it heavily borrows from other crime-thrillers in the past. But as I said, at the very least Flanery gave a “I don’t give two f***s” over-the-top performance and Natalie Burn was easy on the eyes and I can maybe being a bad ass heroine with better material.” Movieman’s Guide to the Movies

Release:

Acceleration will be available on Digital Download in the UK from 6th April 2020.

Cast and characters:

  • Sean Patrick Flanery … Kane
  • Dolph Lundgren … Vladik
  • Chuck Liddell … Hannibal
  • Natalie Burn … Rhona
  • Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson … Eli
  • Danny Trejo … Santos
  • Al Sapienza … Jack
  • Olya Banar … Katrina
  • Riccardo Berdini … Caviglia
  • Ryan Carnes … David
  • Gianluca Di Medio Ceccarelli … Stefan (as Lucas Di Medio)
  • Neb Chupin … Keitel
  • Joe Corzo … Leo
  • Melvin Davis … Marat
  • Jack Dhein … Henry

Technical details:

85 minutes

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