REVIEWS: Action & Thrillers — August 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

REVIEW: Tactical Force (2011)

“Tactical Force” starts off, as we meet our heroes – the renegade SWAT Team, led by stone cold Captain Tate (Steve Austin). His squad also includes Hunt (Michael Jai White), Jannard (Lexa Doig) and Blanco (Steve Bacic).

From the first minutes of the film we already know that this particular SWAT Team doesn’t do anything by the book (Captain Tate sets the tone), but they always get the job done.

So, as the story develops… our squad screw up a little on an easy mission with the hostages (beating down the robbers, throwing meat at the hostages, damaging the mall – the usual stuff), and their chief orders them to go through these exhausting training exercises in an abandoned facility (to get better understanding how to deal with hostage situations).

Now, little did they all know that exactly at this time, in this very facility, two rival gangs (italians and russians) will be dealing with their own business.

As a result, we have: Captain Tate with his squad (with no real weapons, just blanks) against a dozen of crazy trigger-happy killers who have their own interests…

What I liked in this film, is that the whole thing is taking place in a hangar, and it (not even for a minute) gets boring. Except for nudity, we get all we need in a movie like this – shootouts, fights (Steve Austin vs Keith Jardine, Michael Jai White vs Darren Shahlavi), some cheesy jokes – all of this is just great entertainment for action fans!

Steve Austin handles the leading part well, while not being the best action hero in Hollywood today (Austin has great looks, but the directors need to figure out how NOT to shoot Austin when he runs the floor…), he carries the movie, along with Michael Jai White (who is heavily underrated).

Lexa Doig’s character is pretty much useless on the other hand – she doesn’t do anything worth mentioning. Michael Shanks (whom we know from “Stargate”) tries his best to look and talk russian, and sometimes he even succeeds.

Darren Shahlavi (who gets to fight Michael Jai White again, after the Mortal Kombat series) seems comfortable playing the shootin-fightin villain again, and it seems he “still got it” since the “BloodMoon” days.

Don’t try to take this kind of movie very seriously, and you will enjoy it as much as I did. Real SWAT officers would probably laugh at something like this, but to us, usual movie lovers – this is the deal.

If you’re an action movie fan – watch this. In fact, I think this could turn into a good tv-series, the squad looks great, and I bet this would have done a lot better than Steven Seagal’s “Lawman” series.


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  1. Hey Tim, thanks for coming by my review at and sharing your view on the film!

    I’m glad you liked the film better than I did — but I honestly can’t say that a movie having “familiar faces” and a small budget are good enough excuses for making a terrible movie. Lots of great, low-budget action films are made every year without any mainstream actors that are far superior to Tactical Force. Heck, if the $8.4 million budget listed on IMDB is to be believed, this movie technically cost more than Christopher Nolan’s Memento did in 2000 and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days later in 2002, and they were both better movies. Face it: both Reservoir Dogs and El Mariachi cost less than $1.5 million each and both are better than this. While all those were made by much more talented directors, I just can’t just give a pass for the film having a low budget.

    Again, thanks for giving your thoughts. I enjoyed your review and will be sure to swing by to check out your thoughts next time Steve Austin stars in a film!

  2. Chris, I agree with some of what you say – yes, there are lots of low-budget movies that are far superior to Tactical Force. I guess, its just me – I can watch a terrible movie with my favorite b-movie stars, drink some coke, smoke my Lucky Strike, and feel happier than ever! 🙂 And, I believe it depends on what you compare Tactical Force with…. it surely doesnt stand a chance against 28 Days…, and Memento. It’s a different level.

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