January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

John Brickner (Steve Austin) has just been released from prison, intent on leaving his violent past behind him and starting a new life for himself. He is haunted by the murder that landed him in prison, so when the widow of the man he killed approaches him, he is desperate to make amends. She informs him that her daughter is in dire need of a heart transplant, which spurs Brickner to agree to provide the funds for the operation. Of course, his work at a construction site and as a bouncer could never cover the costs, which leads him back into his old ways. After defending a waitress from some thugs, Brickner is offered the chance to fight in an underground league, with promises of big payoffs. He wants to secure the funds for the transplant more than anything, but once he falls back into violence, will he ever be able to escape it?

A good number of professional wrestlers have attempted to transition into cinema, but that is no simple task. Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Roddy Piper, Batista, and others have all found minimal success on the big screen. The Rock is viewed as surviving the switch, but even his output has been mediocre at best. The latest grappler to test the waters is “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, an icon of 1990s pro wrestling, but would he fare as an action hero? Damage is not a good movie, but it lets Austin do what he does best, kick ass and take names. The plot veers into emotional waters at times of course, but the fisticuffs are never gone for long. In those fight scenes, Austin does well, but when asked to well, act, Austin is awkward. But this is still better than the John Cena and Hulk Hogan efforts, without question. So Damage is no action classic, but it is still fun to watch Austin bust heads and in the realm of pro wrestlers turned actors, “Stone Cold” holds his own.

Video: How does it look?

Damage is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. I’ve become spoiled by HD, but this transfer still looks decent. The image shows solid detail, as far as DVD goes, while the print is free from defects. No concerns over colors or contrast here, as it all comes across just as it should. Not flashy by any means, but an above average DVD presentation.

Audio: How does it sound?

This Dolby Digital 5.1 option sounds good, with enough presence to make sure action fans are satisfied. Of course, those brutal fights are where the audio shines, with great impact that puts you right in the fracas. The thud from punches is terrific and almost too realistic at times. The music sounds good too, while less intense elements come across well also. No concerns with dialogue, as all the vocals are easy to understand in this mix. This disc also includes a Spanish language track, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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