SECTION 8 (2022) Reviews of action thriller with Scott Adkins, Mickey Rourke, Dermot Mulroney and Dolph Lundgren

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‘They make a killer team’
Section 8 is a 2022 American action thriller about a former soldier who avenges the murder of his family before being sprung from prison and recruited by a shadowy government agency. Also known as Section Eight on publicity material.

Directed by Christian Sesma (Trophy Wife; Every Last One of Them; Take Back; Paydirt; Jaded; Doomsday Device; Mind Blown; Vigilante Diaries; The Night Crew; Lost Time) from a screenplay co-written by Chad Law (Beyond the Law; Daylight’s End; Flying Monkeys) and Josh Ridgway (Howlers; The Sector).

Produced by Brandon Burrows. Executive produced by Kimberly Hines, Chad Law, Lonnie Ramati and Christian Sesma.


The Firebrand production stars Scott Adkins, Mickey Rourke, Dermot Mulroney, Dolph Lundgren, Ryan Kwanten, Robert LaSardo, Maurice Compte, Geoffrey Blake, Jessica Medina, Stephen Cyrus Sepher, Paul Sloan, Mary Christina Brown, Tracy Perez, Zachary Michael Cruz, Kimi Alexander, Robert Laenen and Justin Furstenfeld.

“It all grows incredibly ridiculous, and acting isn’t much better, though Kwanten really wants to make his mark as a strained man of honor. Action is largely pedestrian, with handheld cinematography trying to make weak choreography exciting, and the feature offers a few endings to beef up the endeavor, with Adkins’s part possibly added at the last minute to reach a sellable run time.”

Section 8 is a lean, mean action thriller! There really is no fat to trim in the movie, every scene has a purpose, making the movie an easy watch. Section 8 also has star power going for it with veterans of the action movie game giving the movie a boost. And what about our hero? While I wouldn’t categorize Ryan Kwanten as an action star, Ryan Kwanten definitely falls in the “actors who can effectively do action” category.” Bulletproof Action

“Things get a bit too talky from time to time between action set pieces—Rourke, Lundgren, and Mulroney all get their own extended monologues—which affects the pace on occasion. This won’t light the world on fire, honestly doesn’t even stand at the top of the DTV mountain…” The Last Thing I See

“The smaller budget also comes into play with a curious lack of blood sprays and stab and gunshot wounds. Sesma seemed to prioritize the shootouts and explosions, which was a wise call since that’s the main attraction. Section 8 is hardly a great action film. It’s passably entertaining, but just as quickly forgotten.” 6/10, Lyles Movie Files

“The highlight of Section 8 is a knock-down, drag-out brawl between Kwanten and Adkins’ characters, with the two actors putting a lot of energy into the lengthy and brutal bout. The scene, though, comes well after the plot has resolved during the seemingly unending third act, which just keeps adding twist after twist…” Mark Reviews Movies

” …the action scenes are dull without invigorating the film. Yes, they’re very loud, but that’s all they have going for them. The cinematography and action choreography don’t really provide much to write home about either. At least the pace moves quickly and the director doesn’t rely on shaky cam to entertain the audience.” The NYC Movie Guru

“Even the multiple twists that are thrown at the viewer in Section 8’s last act aren’t anything new. It’s the same old collection of crosses and double-crosses that we’ve seen dozens of times before. The closest thing to a surprise among them is just where the throwdown with Adkins fits into the timeline. Section 8 is an underwhelming film with a couple of good scenes and not much else.” Voices from the Balcony

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