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The Package (2013) Review



The Package is filled with bone-crunching action, Dolph Lundgren in an awesome dressing gown and some choice one-liners. If you’re a fan of old-school action, you’ll love it!

Plot: A courier for a local crime lord must deliver a mysterious package while being chased by a horde of unusual gangsters.

Review: Dolph Lundgren and Steve Austin star in this no holds barred action thriller. It’s filled with machine guns, motorbikes and mayhem; the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.

The Package spares no punches with great fight scenes that are brutal but not flashy. I’ve said before that my favourite kind of fight is not choreographed martial arts but just two guys fighting to survive.

There are several great fight scenes in this movie and the cast are giving their A Game all the way. The low budget means there is no shaky cam or lens flare to ruin it and the fights are hardcore.

Steve Austin keeps one-liners alive and well while handing out various beatdowns to the bad guys. He is one of the best action stars in the business and in any action scene he feels authentic; I’m a huge fan and will always watch his movies.

Dolph is the villain, however he’s got a bit more of an interesting backstory than the usual bad guy and you almost sympathise him. I say “almost” because he radiates menace in every scene. I love how he’ll casually make a smoothie in a blender while talking about its ingredients just before killing someone. At 55 years old, Dolph can still kick more ass than the best of them and he does plenty of it in this movie.

His first scene in a restaurant starts off with two guys talking but of course ends with bloodshed. It’s extremely tense and builds up nicely. I would have liked to see more of him in the movie but when he’s on screen he’s not over the top, but understated and threatening.

You’ve also got the added bonus of Darren Shahlavi as another villain and he has an awesome fight scene with Steve Austin towards the end.

The film is a low budget actioner so don’t be expecting Expendables style action, but me, I like my action straightforward with hand to hand combat or shoot outs and The Package delivers. See what I did there?

The story has a few twists and turns which I actually didn’t see coming, so it felt refreshing to watch.

The only thing I didn’t really like was it was very grey looking; I’m sure that’s just because it was shot in Vancouver where it ALWAYS rains but it’s not a big deal.

I have to give a shout out to Sean Murray who provides an excellent music score; it is a little like Inception in places but that’s no bad thing. It adds a greater sense of scale to the movie.

Overall, The Package is action-packed, Dolph Lundgren in an awesome dressing gown and some choice one-liners. If you’re a fan of old-school action, then check it out!