The Wrecking Crew

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

This is more of a feature length advertisement for Ice-T’s new album, but since it masquerades as a movie, I feel the need to give you a brief rundown of the plot, a word which I use very lightly when talking about this clunker. With the inner city rife with turmoil, violence, and crime, the government feels something must be done to quell all the trouble. As such, a hit squad led by a foul mouthed and very violent man (Ice-T) is sent into the streets to break up the gangs and drug circles. As the hit squad battles it out with the gangs, the world watches the television coverage, as does the head of the criminal syndicate (Snoop Dogg). That’s about it, not a lot of complex or even simple stuff to discuss. After you see the movie though, you’ll understand why my synopsis was so short.

If Mystery Science Theater 3000 was still on the air, this film would be a perfect candidate for the Satellite of Love crew, minus the naughty language, of course. This movie is bad in every sense of the word, you name an aspect and this film sucks in that aspect. The writing is bad, the production values are bad, and the acting…this is some of the worst I have ever seen. Whoever pays for this film to be made should ask for a refund, because this is miserable, one of the few films I shudder through. I believe the only movie talent involved is director Albert Pyun, who is either deep in debt to the rap community or desperate for a paycheck, either way he should be ashamed to have his name slapped on this one. The dialogue is some of the worst I’ve ever heard, and even the novelty of wall to wall profanity doesn’t amuse with this stinker. If you’re a hard-core rap fan, perhaps this will serve your needs, but all others will want to avoid this release, unless you like to stop at watch at car accidents…

This film was directed by Albert Pyun, who seems to have fallen into somewhat of a rut of late. While Pyun was never among the elite of directors, he did seem to have a good handle on the action genre, pushing out a couple above average low budget flicks. But these days, Pyun seems to be locked into making quite awful films which feature mostly rap artist casts, which I feel is below his potential. These movies look like they were shot on a home video camera, as well as being hard to tell apart, and as a whole, the movie flat out suck, aside from some giggles you can have because of how bad they are. I have no clue as to why Pyun keeps making these movies, since the low budget nature of them can’t offer him a nice paycheck. If you want to see what Pyun can do when he doesn’t have a cast filled with no talent rappers, check out Nemesis, Mean Guns, Cyborg, and Omega Doom, all decent action movies in their own right. The cast of this film is downright awful, featuring Ice-T (Surviving The Game), Snoop Dogg (Urban Menace), Ernie Hudson, Jr. (Corrupt), and T.J. Storm (Urban Menace).

Video: How does it look?

The Wrecking Crew is presented in a 1.78:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. This image looks very grainy, since the film was shot on digital tape then altered to appear like film. I feel the process fails, since the image looks like home video at best. The grain is very heavy, so contrast and color seem muted and distorted throughout.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio track is quite powerful, with the bass heavy soundtrack keeping the speakers pumping. The film is also filled with gunshots and such to keep your system on it’s toes. The dialogue seems a little soft, but doesn’t get lost too much.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This is the latest entry in Sterling’s Millennium Series, so it’s loaded to the gills with bonus features. This disc has two audio commentaries, one with director Albert Pyun and the other with actors Ernie Hudson, Jr., David Askew. Pyun talks about how low the budget was, and how rushed the production was, both of which were obvious from just watching the film. The tracks are humorous if for no other reason than they attempt to legitimize this film. The disc also includes a behind the scenes featurette, theatrical and bonus trailers, photo gallery, rap artist trivia game, talent files, and an isolated music track.

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