Review

Plot: A terrorist group lead by Colonel Baron has taken over an Israeli biochemical weapon laboratory. Colonel Baron wants to get his hands on a new secret weapon developed by Dr. Allie Levin. Dutton Hatfield from the U.S. embassy must help Dr. Levin keep her invention away from the bad guys.

Review: Jeff Speakman stars in this low rent Die Hard rip-off which has terrorists taking over an Israeli biochemical weapon laboratory. Deadly Takeover AKA Deadly Outbreak doesn’t bring anything new to the genre but it is at least entertaining with Speakman doing his best John McClane impression and Ron Silver on villain duties. Silver could always be very menacing when was a villain without ever needing to do anything but stare; it was like he was looking into your soul and could be really intimidating. 

The script has a few fun one-liners like “your party sucks; you’re all out of ice cream and have too many clowns!” which was definitely the best but the majority of the dialogue is pretty poor. 

Speakman certainly has the moves so we get energetic and exciting fight scenes but there is a lack of real threat as he is just enjoying himself and smiling a bit too much. Seems like an odd thing to say but he never seems particularly bothered by this impending danger so it lacks the emotional pull of Die Hard and the story is predictable.

It is well paced though and the Die Hard clone is one of my favourite genres with slick action scenes.

Overall, Deadly Takeover is one of the weaker Die Hard rip-offs but there are some decent action scenes and Ron Silver is a great villain.



About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.