Ryan Verett (Steve Austin) is one tough dude, who also happens to be an ex-cop. He’s bald, he has a goatee, he doesn’t smile, and he’s determined to avenge his family’s death. Some time ago, as we get to see via flashbacks, his family was visiously killed during a family celebration, by a group of evil-clown masked men.
Verett survives the assault, some time later he quits the force, and hits the road to find those responsible for the death of his beloved ones. He ends up in a town called “Hope”, where a gang of arms and drugs dealing bikers presents the law.
The leader of the gang, Drake (Danny Trejo) is another tough man that doesn’t like when things don’t go his way. Verett is after Drake’s brother Rex (Noel Gugliemi), who was one of the masked killers responsible for the family onslaught.
Since the town police is bribed by Drake, Verett has only himself to count on, and he wages war on Rex, and later on the whole gang. It remains to be seen whether a former cop has enough left to withstand the pressure from the ruthless outlaws.
Throughout the film, we see Verett turn a sleepy little town of “Hope” into a battleground. Steve Austin plays the “strong, silent type” here, standing alone against the villaineous gang. He doesn’t do anything spectacular (a few rather crappy fights, since Austin is a wrestler, not a martial artist), however he looks confident, and is likable.
There is a scene where Austin destroys a 5 or 6 people surrounding him, and it is awful – he’s no Chuck Norris or Jackie Chan.
Austin looks good when going one-on-one with someone (like he does in this film with a UFC fighter Keith Jardine), however in a complex fight with several people at once he just doesn’t have enough skills to look good. In this film, it is a big flaw, in my opinion.
Beautiful Serinda Swan plays Darcy, a hotel owner, who sympathizes with Verett’s idea of “punishing” th bikers. The two of them have one thing in common, as Darcy has also lost her husband, who has been killed by the biker gang.
It was nice to see Danny Trejo here in his “usual” bad guy role, however here he’s the head honcho, who also happens to like fighting. Spoiler: there is a great scene in the film, where Trejo boxes alone in the dark (the man was a boxing champ in prison, in real life).
Lochlyn Munro looks has a brief part as an FBI agent, and after seeing him in Uwe Boll’s absolutely unbearable “In the Name of the King 2”, here he works with a more familiar material, and is much more believable in his part.
Overall, this particular “Recoil” is different from the 1998 “Recoil”, which was directed by Art Camacho, and starred former kickboxing champion Gary Daniels.
Camacho’s “Recoil” had pretty much the same vengeance story, the film packed more action, was more explosive, with a lot of fighting.
This “Recoil” with Steve Austin is slow-paced film, which is more of a thriller than a straight action movie. Austin is filling the void more and more, establishing himself as an action hero.
For some years to come, he should be fine. The film is mediocre, but if you’re an action fan, check it out. Trailer is below.
BZFILM SCALE: 5/10
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