I love Lou Diamond Phillips. I really do. He's always been one of my favorite actors, and he always turns in a good performance. This one is no exception. Therefore, it really hurts, since it's a bad movie for the most part. To add insult to injury, it has more decent actors, featuring one guy that was on '24' for a long time, and the once-lovely Yancy Butler (TV's "Witchblade"), who looks ancient and haggard now, due to years of alcohol and crack cocaine abuse from what I've read.
Plot has a wealthy weapons designer getting in trouble with a mysterious group of mercenaries (it's never really explained just who or what they represent), and after he pisses them off, they come after him. Enter Phillips and his group of mercs, including the STUNNING readhead, Scarlet McAlister, who looks fantastic in a miniskirt but isn't given very much to do (and she's also a good actress). Butler is Phillip's former lover and works for the businessman, winds up hiring them. They ALSO throw in a mysterious masked ninja-like serial killer (just for good measure) that doesn't take sides, which only muddles the plot even more. Counter on my DVD player said 90 minutes at the end, but boy, did it seem longer.
I know Phillips is one of those actors that just makes a movie when he wants to, and treats it like a job rather than an art form. Nothing wrong with that, I guess-people like Robert Mitchum did that for most of their careers, but-today, it usually means straight to home video, which usually means low-budget trash. If he isn't careful, he's not even going to be doing this kind of crap. About on a par with the lowest budget Seagal movie you've seen, but without the gore and bone-crunching. Don't waste your time unless you're really a Phillips fan and have to see him in everything he does. I'm being a bit more leery from now on. Strangest of all, this one has good scenes and dialogue scattered here and there throughout-but it doesn't seem to go with the rest of the movie. Filmed in Texas almost exclusively in an office building, a large parking garage, and a warehouse.