'Armed Response' [Blu-ray]
(Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, Gene Simmons, Mike Seal, et al / Blu-ray+Digital HD / R / 2017 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: A team of highly trained operatives is trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as it attempts to uncover what killed the previous team.
DVD Verdict: OK, to be fair, these days you either love or hate Wesley Snipes' films (much like those of Steven Seagal, to be quite frank). Back in the day he was leaner, meaner, more into fighting vampires and demons, sure, but then he had all that tax b/s surround him, bury him, and he jetted off to some far flung country to lay low.
Making just a handful of films since then, he's now back with another B-movie venture that, I'm happy to say, doesn't include a vampire (or does it?!). These days, as you will witness several times throughout the film, he is kinda sorta back to his leaner self, having spent his time abroad not exactly bothering to work out every day (no need to), so this action packed return is somewhat to form for him.
That said, 'Armed Response' is still a B-movie, sure, but it's one with more bang for its buck than your usual straight-to-DVD Seagal ones, that's for damn sure. Snipes leads a team of marines into a prison where a secret government interrogation tool is being held in order to find out why they lost contact with the first half of the team.
As the film progressed, I'm thinking it was going to be some hi-tech, who-done-it mystery as the crew used surveillance to find out what happen to the first team, but as Snipes' team gets picked off one by one, I quickly began to see it as a completely different demographic.
Even though it's not scary, it for sure has elements similar to how the sci-fi/action movie, 'Aliens' (basically a horror movie about marines battling monsters), and how 'Predator' final reveal themselves to be.
I don't mean to confuse you, for this film is nowhere near as good as either of those two cult films, but 'Armed Response' is a very good suspense drama about war, nonetheless. The area where the action takes place is a huge prison that looks like a video game, which you'll either give it more points for or remove them for pure cheese.
Oh, and for those playing spot-the-musician along the way, KISS's long-tongued Gene Simmons (now sporting a bald head - which, in all truth, he's most likely had under a KISS wig for 20 years now!) can be found roaming around here also. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Inside the Minds of Armed Response.