Monday, February 15, 2010

Posted by cendol

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is one of the reasons professional wrestling (and World Wrestling Entertainment) did not go bankrupt in the 1990s, and for that I will always respect him. He was a great entertainer and every accolade he gained inside that squared circle was well-earned. Unfortunately, in the world of film, these accolades do not mean jack; you have to start from the bottom rung and work your way back up to gain respect in Hollywood. Just because you “play fought” inside of a ring doesn’t mean you can excel anywhere else. If these people watch the movie Damage, to be released on DVD in March, they would probably feel vindicated for thinking this way. Under no circumstance should this film be perceived as something of genius or even of true quality…but at the same time, it is entertaining and doesn't end up making you regret watching it.

Damage stars Austin as John Brickner, a recently paroled convict who is trying to find his place in the world after spending four years behind bars for manslaughter. While trying to sort out the pieces, getting a job at a construction company, Brickner meets Reno (Walton Goggins, front runner for fakest sounding real name ever) and his girlfriend Frankie (Laura Vandervoot), who offer him a different kind of job: an underground fighter.



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