The Peacekeeper (1997)

Movie Title: The Peacekeeper

Year Released: 1997

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 38min

Genre: Action

Director: Frederic Forestier

Writer: James H. Stewart and Robert Geoffrion

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Michael Sarrazin, Montel Williams, Roy Scheider, Christopher Heyerdahl, Allen Altman, Martin Neufeld, Monika Schnarre, Tim Post, Carl Alacchi, Chip Chuipka, Roc LaFortune,

Review: Major Frank Cross (Dolph Lundgren) gets assigned to protect the President's "black bag" that contains the nuclear launch codes. When terrorists steal the briefcase, Cross pursues them in order to stop a potential nuclear holocaust. Prepare to duck and cover because here comes The Peacekeeper.

The Peacekeeper officially began Dolph Lundgren's direct to video action onslaught, and it's not bad! It falls in line with the "Die Hard in a..." series of movies that populated the action movie market throughout the 1990s and beyond. This time, after a harrowing rooftop car chase, we find our hero, played solidly by the solid Dolph Lundgren, trapped in a nuclear missile silo trying to prevent the nuclear annihilation of the United States. It's not too suspenseful or intense, but it has some good action scenes, stunts, and the charisma that only Lundgren can bring to the screen.

The first 30-40 minutes are the best with the establishment of Lundgren's character Major Frank Cross and his rogue nature, his new assignment, the President (Roy Scheider), and the action-packed theft of the President's "black bag" and Cross's property damaging attempt to get it back. It's fun and surprisingly exciting! Then once the missile silo becomes or setting things become routine for this type of movie, except for when the villains nuke Mount Rushmore - that was crazy and unexpected!

The Peacekeeper is not the best Dolph Lundgren movie ever, that's I Come In Peace (1990) or Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) , but it's entertaining enough for his fans and those that love direct to video action movies!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Feature film debut of talk show host Montel Williams.


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