Castle Falls (2021) Review

Directed by: Dolph Lundgren

Starring: Dolph Lundgren & Scott Adkins

Synopsis: After decades of neglect, Castle Heights Hospital, this 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 3 million dollars in cash he stole from his rivals inside the abandoned building. Now, three desperate parties want the money – a blue collared ex-fighter (Adkins) who finds it while working as part of the demolition crew, a prison guard (Lundgren) willing to do anything to pay for his daughter’s cancer treatment and a ruthless gang who claim to be the rightful owners. The demolition charges are set, everyone clears out, and the Castle is set to fall in 90 minutes. The clock is ticking. Who will find the cash and: will they get out alive?

Review: Dolph Lundgren returns to the director’s seat with actioner, Castle Falls, a fun action movie that offers nothing new to the ‘Die Hard formula’ but showcases two action icons doing what they do best.

The opening of the movie is like no other Adkins movie, he gets choked out. It’s not often a movie opens with Adkins losing a battle, but it’s a great opening as it highlights where his character is at in his life, fighting, it’s a young persons game. After living in his truck for a little, Adkins character, Mike, gets a job in helping prep for the demolition of Castle Heights, he is hired by, Lundgren Construction – nice easter egg, right? While working, stumbles upon a huge stash of cash in duffel bags.

Lundgren, who directs this action movie, stars as our second lead, Ericson, a prison warden whose daughter is terminally ill, in need of money, he makes a deal with a prisoner who promises the money that is needed, his terms, he wants to be put on the same room as another inmate, for a quick ‘chat’, of course. 

Ericson and Mike are now on a collision course, both need the money and both are desperate to get their hands on it, so, let’s add in a criminal gang who also think the cash is theirs. We now have our Die Hard scenario all set, let the countdown commence, as it does, the building is set to explode and a 90-minute countdown begins.

Once the action kicks off, fans will be satisfied. It’s fun to see Adkins and Lundgren on the same side, though when they initially meet we get a fun action segment when the two ‘slug it out’.

Being a somewhat movie that would fall into the ‘Die Hard Clone’ category, it would only seem fit to have Adkins wrap a hose around his waist and leap off the roof, which he most definitely does.

Overall, Castle Falls isn’t anything new when it comes to the genre, but it’s a blast watching Lundgren and Adkins kick some ass, side by side.