Chain of Command (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Kevin Carraway
Starring: Michael Jai White, Max Ryan, Steve Austin
Rated: R/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from LIONSGATE
Special Operative James Webster (Michael Jai White “Blood and Bone”, “The Dark Knight”) just returned home from duty, only to witness the brutal slaying of his brother. Webster immediately tries to retaliate and hunt down the perpetrators, but as he delves deeper into the secret world of corruption and murder, he finds himself at the center of a deadly conspiracy that cuts deep inside the walls of the US Government. With the most ruthless military assassin (Steve Austin “The Expendables”, “WWF Raw”) hot on his trail, Webster must expose the corrupt high-ranking officials before he becomes just another victim of the nefarious plot.
Chain of Command gives you about what you’d expect for an Michael Jai White action flick. The man has been around for years and always brings the goods in an action movie, even if the movie is a bit lacking in some areas. The one thing this movie does that might come across strange to some is the casting of legendary wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as the movie’s villain. I am a big wrestling fan and you can take it from me when I say that nobody wants Steve Austin as a bad guy. I’m not saying he’s a bad actor or doesn’t play the role well, but Austin just works better as the hero in any movie he is in. We’ve seen him play the bad guy before, and it always seems awkward for a man who is a natural anti-hero. I won’t lie, I do think the movie makes some missteps in casting and the roles the actors plays, but it doesn’t kill the movie, it just puts a bit of a hamper on things. But again, I will give praise to Michael Jai White in the lead, because he does a very good job in that part and might be the best thing about the film.
One other good thing about the movie is the action, which is great seeing as how this IS an action flick. I won’t dwell too much on the plot side of things, because I think the movie does get a bit silly if you sit-back and try to make sense of a lot of things. You might not go into something like this looking for Shakespeare in the writing and you’d be best if you don’t try looking for something great in that spot here. If you want to just sit-back, eat some pop-corn and watch a fun and somewhat mindless action move, then you get that here. I don’t say that as a knock either. I think we need movies like this and they have their place. It might not be the best action movie you’ve ever seen, but it has a purpose and you won’t have to sit too long in front of it before you realize that purpose.
Quality of Transfer: 95%