(Sean Patrick Flanery, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Liddell, Natalia Burn, Quinton Rampage Jackson, et al / Blu-ray / R / 2019 / Cinedigm)
Overview: Vladik Zorich, a villainous crime lord, is double-crossed by his most trusted operative Rhona.
Vladik's propensity for power, control, and violence drives him to kidnap Rhona's son forcing her to participate in a twisted plan to elimination of Vladik's enemies.
To keep her on a short leash, Vladik sets out the 'rules' to his 'game' and overseas Rhona's every move as she navigates the darkened streets of Los Angeles.
Blu-ray Verdict: So, with a story line such as Vladik (Dolph Lundgren) kidnapping the son of Rhona (Natalie Burn) and coercing her into performing various tasks driving around L.A. all night, you know from the off that this B-movie is going to be a low budget work of quick one-liner's and speeding cars (none of wish will show Burn or Lundgren behind the wheel!)
And you would be totally correct on all those points, but with no real back story either (until the very end), 'Acceleration' may well not live up to its name for any car scenes, sure, but the "tic-tok" appeal to the plot does, for sure.
Produced by Burn and executive produced by Paul Hertzberg and Eric Brenner, 'Acceleration' is a VERY colorful and flashy, uber stylized and extraordinarily pacey movie that whizzes by your eyes, but for my money doesn't give us the pounding heart effect that a franchise such as Fast & Furious gives us each time.
That said, and given that this is a low budget film, it does manage to hold our attention and is just perfect for fans of the genre. Also, it's a great film if you are a fan of Burn herself, as wearing tight black leather pants the whole time and high kicking and fist punching her way through the scenes is enough to send any man to an early grave!
Although she wears a wee bit too much heavy black eye liner for my liking (making her look like a drag version of Criss Angel), Burn is the star here, make no mistake about it! While watching her interact with Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Liddell and Danny Trejo is fun, it's obvious that she is the Alpha, even if they themselves have zero idea!
Complete with an unpredictable twist at the end, 'Acceleration' is definitely worth seeing, if only for watching Burn kick ass in order to get what she wants at every turn!
Overlooking the cheesy flying through the air firing two guns simultaneously at targets and hitting them perfectly stunt and trying to erase from your memory the Liddell and Lundgren fight that looks more like two old men grappling over a wayward comment at the Thanksgiving table, and 'Acceleration' is as good as it gets in the genre for this budget. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Cinedigm releases 'Acceleration' in select theatres, on-demand and digital on November 8th, 2019 and on Blu-ray and DVD in December 2019.
Official 'Acceleration' Trailer