Looking Back at Crisis (1997) with David Bradley

Plot: Alex reluctantly collects debts for the mob. Alex has led his brother Tony to believe that he is a shoe-salesman. However Alex’s real talents will be desperately needed as the story unfolds. Tony has aligned himself with a group of mercenaries lead by Simon, who have agreed to deter a local scientist from using a faulty filtering system to neutralize chemical warheads. As tension mounts, Alex is forced into action against Simon and his treacherous band of terrorists. Who will live, who will die… only a killer can save the day.

Jalal Merhi directs David Bradley in this low budget actioner which actually has a pretty decent story even if some of the tech feels dated by today’s standards, which is obviously understandable. David Bradley deserved to become a bigger action star as he had the charisma and the moves but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. He is the best actor in this movie with all the one-liners as he is in John McClane mode battling terrorists in a house outside of a very cold looking Toronto (but then I think the rest of it was in Saskatoon).

Thorsten Nickel plays the big bad Simon who isn’t especially intimidating and rather wooden but still manages to be hateful enough to deserve his rather epic death at the end.

At 87 minutes Crisis has several fight scenes and shoot-outs with a decent bodycount; the low budget means there isn’t anything spectacular especially if you look at the poster art below which is blatant lies.

There are no helicopters in this movie, what the Hell is Thugland? and also isn’t that JCVD’s body from the Lionheart poster and they just used very early Photoshop to transplant Bradley’s head on to it? Don’t be deceived into thinking this is some explosive action epic as it really isn’t and can only really be enjoyed on a guilty pleasure level.

Overall, Crisis has some interesting ideas and I do like David Bradley but he was capable of so much better and it’s a shame it doesn’t love up to the misleading poster art.