Plot: What’s it about?
Jack Hollowly (Dolph Lundgren) is an ace pilot of the United States Air Force. He’s flown all types of planes, and pretty much mastered mechanical flight. He is highly regarded among his superiors as well his peers, at least until something changes all that. A newly developed and highly dangerous military weapon has been stolen (the case doesn’t tell you what it is, neither will I), and because of some tinkering by the thieves, it appears as though Hollowly is to blame. Even his illustrious and patriotic past does not buy him any leeway, and he is sent off to prison, for a crime he did not commit. Hollowly knows he is innocent, and wants to prove himself as such, so he does the only thing he can, he escapes during the transport to prison. It won’t be easy for Hollowly though, with everyone on the lookout for him, including the thieves, the police, the Air Force’s deadly troops, you name them, and they want Hollowly stopped. Can Jack win the race against time and save his reputation as well as his life?
First off, let me explain something about this title. Since it was first announced as coming to DVD, I have been waiting. I like Dolph Lundgren, and I am a lover of all things action movies. So, I was primed when I popped that shiny disc in the player. But, by the time the end credits rolled, I was singing a different tune. Storm Catcher is not a bad movie, not in the least, but it is not what I expected, and I didn’t like that. Everything about this movie, the star, the trailer, even the packaging screams “action movie!,” but that is not what you get. Basically, Storm Catcher is a “on the run” movie, with some small action segments rattled in there. So, if that will satisfy you, more power to you, but I wanted a knock down drag out action picture, and I didn’t get it. Sure, there are explosions, gunshots, and punches, but not on the scale I was hoping for. That being said, the movie is decent, but I was too let down by the lack of action to make much of it. I was always waiting for the intensity to kick in, and it never did. I recommend this movie as a rental, and if you like it, pick up the disc, it’s the best a Storm Catcher lover could ask for.
Of course, with the name Dolph Lundgren above a movie title, what else what I to expect but action packed thrills? With a filmography that includes Universal Soldier, The Punisher, I Come In Peace, Army of One, and Men of War, I wanted yet another action spectacle from good old Dolph. I mean, some of those are among my favorite action flicks, and I wanted to add Storm Catcher to that list so bad! But, this is more of a chase film than action, although Dolph is still as solid as ever. Even with the lessened action load, Dolph still does not get to showcase his dramatic acting skills, which is a shame. Not really, but he does not change pace here, so fans will still like his work. Dolph is the main dude in Storm Catcher, with all others taking a secondary trophy, so I’ll just list them out, at least some of them, anyway. Storm Catcher also features Mystro Clark (Chairman of the Board), Yvonne Zima (Long Kiss Goodnight), Mark Delasandro, Kylie Bax, Jon Maynard Pennell (The Program), and Andreea Radutiou. Sure, not your star studded cast, but it’s filled with young muscle bound guys and shapely young nymphs looking to get their careers rolling, and they do a passable job. Also of note is the fact that director Tony Hickox (Warlock II: The Armageddon) also appears in front of the camera, for what’s it worth.
Video: How does it look?
Storm Catcher looks great on this disc, with the choice of either a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer or a full frame version, which covers both ratio camps. Now, I only watch full frame, so I don’t know about this whole widescreen thing. Just kidding of course, I usually skip the full frame, unless it’s a special case, such as the reformatting for A Bug’s Life. The disc shows off the film’s impressive visuals nicely, with both bright color hues and deep black levels, a much needed one-two punch in the visual area. Compression errors must be hiding, because I couldn’t find them.
Audio: How does it sound?
This is not a slam bang action flick, so the 5.1 track was not as roaring as I expected. The surrounds do get a little workout in the scenes where action does take over, and if the movie would have been like that throughout, this would have been a demo disc. Dialogue is well done, always clear and no interference from the other audio elements.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This movie may not have been the highest profile movie out there, but Columbia treats it as one, with a nice selection of bonus features. First off, you get both the theatrical and teaser trailers, which tickles me pink, since I love trailers and all. Then you get the meat and eggs of the disc’s goodies, the running commentary with director Tony Hickox. While not really informative, Hickox is entertaining, and that’s almost as good to me. If you like the movie, you’re sure to enjoy this commentary as well. Rounding out the disc are the talent files, which are kinda thin. I know the extras are few in number, but for a title of this lesser profile, I am happy with them.