There are numerous things that I find unpleasant in this world, such as Nazis, modern art, and vegans. However, my ultimate disdain is reserved for vampires.” This statement is delivered by Dolph Lundgren in a fierce tone, donning a ridiculous wig and showcasing his karate skills as he fights off a group of undead beings. Lundgren portrays Claude Luc Hallyday, an aging action star known for starring in low-budget films with over-the-top titles (like “Moses v the Nazis!”). Although he is a supporting character, Lundgren steals the show in Orson Oblowitz’s sentimental and somewhat comical tribute to the film industry. The story takes place in a stunning movie theater owned by someone who has a fascination with the tough-guy persona of Hallyday, constantly rewatching his 80s action movies. Hilarious parody scenes of these films are featured as mini-movies within the main movie.
Terrence Howard also delivers a great performance as George, the owner of the Grand cinema that has been in his family since the 1920s. Having grown up in the cinema, Howard portrays George as someone who is not completely connected to the outside world. He dresses like a cowboy in a long leather coat and speaks in a grandiose manner, almost like a character from a classic film. However, his troubles arise when Lynn, a corporate developer played by Amanda Righetti, sets her sights on his cinema and intends to demolish it to make room for upscale apartments.
The movie takes a silly turn as Lynn sends her henchmen to force George into signing the contract. However, George has recruited his idol, Hallyday, who now lives in seclusion in Estonia, for a highly anticipated cameo. Lundgren does a great job portraying the washed-up action star, speaking incoherently and possibly imitating Ozzy Osbourne. This leads to some entertaining scenes and a comedic confrontation with the villains. In the past, this movie would have likely been released straight to video, so releasing it directly for download feels fitting.