Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Active Stealth (1999) * *

Cast: Daniel Baldwin, Fred Williamson, Hannes Jaenicke, Andrew Stevens, Shannon Whirry

Directed by Fred Olen Ray

Baldwin stars in this routine military driven action flick revolving around a stealth plane which is sort of a cheat as the film actually features very little dogfights that one would expect from a film revolving around a state of the art jet fighter, as such is ditched in favor of more hand to hand combat and shootouts between disposable Latin Drug-Lords and the nameless and clich├ęd soldiers of fortune that occupy films like this. That said Active Stealth handles the predictable hijinks with competent enough results. Indeed the dogfight climax is fairly well staged and Baldwin looking a lot like Treat Williams cuts a decent action figure, indeed the film works as one of the better direct to video films as this one is fast paced and at least has Fred Williamson, which is always a plus, even if the film sorely wastes him. If anything else it’s worth seeing Active Stealth to see the unintentionally hilarious showdown where Baldwin shoots the one of the villain's bunkers, to which the bad guy hugs his wife before being reduced to ash.

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