CASTLE FALLS (2021) Reviews of Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins action thriller

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‘Get in. Get the cash. Get out. Alive’
Castle Falls is a 2021 action thriller desperate rivals fighting for $3 million in an old hospital that’s about to be demolished.

Directed by Dolph Lundgren (The Defender; The Russian Specialist; Missionary Man; Command Performance; Dolph Lundgren Is the Killing Machine) from a screenplay written by Andrew Knauer (Senior Year; Ghost Team One; The Last Stand).

The movie stars Scott Adkins (One Shot; Legacy of Lies; Seized; Abduction; Legendary), Dolph Lundgren (Acceleration; Don’t Kill It; Shark Lake; Battle of the Damned), Dave Halls, Kim DeLonghi, Kevin Wayne, Scott Hunter, Robert Berlin and Bill Billions.

Plot:
After decades of neglect, Castle Heights Hospital, a symbol of the city’s segregated past, has been packed with dynamite and is ready to be demolished. No one knows that a gang leader, now in prison, hid the three million dollars in cash he stole from his rivals inside the abandoned building.

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Now, three desperate parties want the money – a blue-collared ex-fighter (Scott Adkins) who finds it while working on the demolition crew, a prison guard (Dolph Lundgren) willing to do anything to pay for his daughter’s cancer treatment, and a ruthless gang claiming to be the rightful owners. The charges are set, everyone clears out and the Castle is set to fall in ninety minutes…

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Reviews:
” …it does take a little while before the real action kicks in but it’s setting up the characters and story so we understand the stakes […] Overall, Castle Falls takes a while for the real action to kick in but it’s worth the wait and both Adkins and Lundgren give surprisingly emotional performances while providing regular beatdowns and shoot-outs to keep fans engaged.” The Action Elite

” …a fun action movie that offers nothing new to the ‘Die Hard formula’ but showcases two action icons doing what they do best.” Action Reloaded

“For better and worse, Castle Falls ends up being standard action movie fare. There are no shades of grey, making it easy to get behind the heroes. It is always fun to see an adventures movie where the lines are clearly defined. The writing does not always live up to the action, but it does enough to keep things interesting.” AIPT

“My biggest issues are the bad guys are forgettable (except for the awesome Alabama mullet I saw on one of the baddies) and it takes way too long to get the party started […] Once the action finally cranks it up, you get some thrills and dropkicks from Scott.” Bulletproof Action

Castle Falls coalesces nicely enough for its commercial aim to sell a viable action thriller with a top-billed Adkins, and even cooler with Lundgren present in the room to add value. The performances and the work put in to make the film a reality despite all the circumstances should all get the acknowledgement they deserve, and as such bodes as a feasible entertainer for the average action fan…” Film Combat Syndicate

“This is definitely a meathead movie, but it has far more blue-collar honesty and mature tough-guy integrity than most of Bruce Willis’s straight-to-VOD movies of the week. Adkins and Lundgren have instant action cred and we actually care about their remorseful characters. Recommended for fans of the two stars and the old school action genre…” J.B. Spins

“Good VOD movies know their worth, they dispense with silly narrative over-reaching and keep things simple yet effective, then mix it up with competent but skinned-knuckle action sequences […] I mean, this isn’t a big-budget movie.  But within minutes, you’d barely notice, with Dolph’s direction flowing easily and the acting being superb.” Manly Movies

“While their best pairing will probably always be Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Adkins and Lundgren have good chemistry in both as adversaries and unwilling allies. Veteran stunt man Hunter makes a good villain […] Overall, Castle Falls is a solid action film with enough going on to keep your attention once you get past the first act.” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:
In the US, Shout Factory release Castle Falls On-Demand on December 3, 2021.

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