Directed By: Christopher Ray
Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Michael Jai White, Mark Dacascos, Rob Van Dam, Weston Cage Coppola & Gina Holden
Synopsis: Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints) stars as decorated army veteran Jason Hill. While on a routine visit to the local VA hospital, organized terrorists infiltrate the building and take hostages, including a decorated general, and Hill’s wife. The highly-trained veteran is outnumbered and the last line of defense, taking on a building full of armed insurgents before it’s too late.
Sean Patrick Flanery leads the cast in this typical, ‘Die-Hard-esque’, action thriller. While this type of plot has been paraphrased and reenacted a thousand times before, Flanery still manages to make this a watchable thriller.
There are a few striking action scenes in Assault On Station 33: such as, when Flanery tackles martial arts legend, Mark Dacascos, who cameos as a hitman. It’s cool to see Flanery utilise his martial arts skills in this role.
Michael Jai White has a supporting role as a police chief. His fans might be disappointed that he doesn’t get to roundhouse kick anyone in this role… but, he does fire a few shots, though. The police chief and Flanery’s character have this character-relationship where they have to keep eachother up-to-scratch as events unfold (a bit like the John McClane and Al Powell relationship in Die Hard, hence the reference!).
The movie villains are the standard canon fodder thrown in for Flanery to eliminate. Even wrestler, Rob Van Dam, is among the bad guys, but he is a totally wasted opportunity for the film as he doesn’t get to bring anything to table in terms of action… he basically just sits in a van.
Overall, I don’t foresee Assault On Va 33 winning any awards, but is a fun Die-Hard clone flick. Sean Patrick Flanery is always great to watch though; he’s badass!