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- Apr 4, 2017
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Growing up in the 80s and early 90s I have a massive weakness for all of the testosterone fueled action stars of that time. Carl Weathers, Stallone, Arnie, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, and Dolph Lundgren, just to name a few. Of the few surviving stars still making movies, Van Damme and Dolph are probably making the best of their DTV careers. Arnie and Stallone came back for a short while, but now they’re back to making dreck that isn’t suitable for consumption, and I still force myself to watch them. I’ve really enjoyed where Van Damme has gone with the remnants of his career, as he’s forced himself to grow as an actor and take on challenging roles that he wouldn’t have in his hey day. Dolph is another one that I’ve grown very fond of and still enjoy his DTV work. The hulking Swede has a sort of craggy and rough charisma that just works for him, and the actor has made a very good career out of being imposing good guys looking to right some wrong. So naturally I was decently interested in checking out his new film The Tracker, only to find out that the poor guy is really slowing down, and pulled a Steven Seagal here. That is, he’s just coasting his way through the movie and making the best of a bad script.
Aiden Hakansson (Dolph Lundgren) had his wife and child kidnapped from him in Italy some 10 years ago, only for his ransom drop to go wrong, ending with their lives being snuffed out by the crime lord Lupo (Bruno Biotta). 10 years have now gone by, and the craggy hunter is back in Italy once more when he gets a call from the police officer who handled his case a decade ago. But when he gets there, the officer in question has committed suicide under questionable circumstances, leaving Aiden with some questions that he wants answered.
Simultaneously, new detective Antonio Graziani (Marco Mazzoli) has come to town, and he’s troubled at the way his superiors have shuffled off Aiden’s case. While Aiden is busy tracking down the people who know what’s going on through brute force, Detective Graziani decides to look at the case from his own perspective and figure out what’s going on before all hell breaks loose in their quiet little Italian village.
It doesn’t help that he’s getting stiffer and slowing down in his old age, forcing there to be a lot of choppy camera work and quick cut angles to mask his physical sluggishness, and the general lackadaisical approach to the action scenes. All in all, this is one of the most dull and banal outings that Dolph has done in recent years, and it does his career no service.
Rated R for some violence and language
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I wish I had something more positive to say about The Tracker being that I wanted to actually like it. But sadly the script is banal, the acting wooden, the characters poorly written, and just generally cheap on all aspects. The video quality is only moderately good, and the extras are nonexistent almost. Even for a big Dolph fan such as myself I’ve had to step back and say “yeah, there really isn’t a whole lot to like here”. Honestly, it’s best skipped even if you are a big fan. Sad to say.
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Cosimo Fusco, Marta Gastini, Anna Falchi, Bruno Bilotta, Marco Mazzoli, Elizabeth Kinnear, Kai Portman
Directed by: Giorgio Serafini
Written by: Giorgio Serafini, Rab Berry, Scott Mallace
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Runtime: 86 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: September 24th, 2019
Recommendation: Skip It