The Killing Machine (2010)
Directed By: Dolph Lundgren
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Samantha Ferris, Bo Svenson
There were those who called him Icarus. Everyone else knew him as a divorced father working for an investment company. But they didn’t know his other side his dark side. Because Icarus (Dolph Lundgren) was at his best when he was killing people. For years, he’d worked as a sleeper agent in America but when the Soviet Empire collapsed, he found himself in a foreign country with no one to trust.
Determined to break from his dark past, he started over with a new identity. But you can only escape your past for so long. When a sudden mishap in Hong Kong blows Icarus’ identity, past and present collide and the assassin realizes he is now the target. The people that want him dead will stop at nothing to get to him. And that means going after what he cares about most his wife and daughter.
Fighting for his life, Icarus is forced to face the demons of his past to protect the loved ones in his present. He must fight to save the only thing he’s ever done right in his life. He needs to uncover who is after him and protect his family, before it’s too late.
This is another one of Dolph Lundgrens movies which he stars in and also directs. As I have said before, Lundgren knows how to direct an action movie, and this is no exception. It’s loaded with shootouts, fights and explosions, it ticks all action boxes for me. The character of Icarus is cool, it’s like by night he is a ruthless hitman who kills anyone he has to in order to get to his target, and he does with with such ease and precision, then we see him during the day at his office, he is like the average man working in real estate, smile on his face. There are a number of standout moments, the first being when hitmen turn up at his house armed to the teeth, of course we know Icarus takes them out, the standout scene would be when he uses the end of a barbell to impale one these hitmen, right through the head. Very gruesome but so awesome, the other standout moment would be the final shootout. Lundgren seems very much at home in these kind of roles, Icarus is one character that I personally thought would have atleast got a sequel so we could delve even deeper into the character. It’s such a sham we didn’t. With the action never letting up and the pacing of the film never slowing, I would definitely recommend if your looking for a good Lundgren fix. But if your looking for a brutal hitman movie, I would say choose John Wick….but Lundgren is still in top shape, so you never know Lundgren could maybe make a sequel and have it more like John Wick. That aside, great movie and definitely worth a watch!!
Reviewed By: Jeff Turner