Stone Cold Damage
Damage is an appropriate title for this Stone Cold Steve Austin slugfest. He plays John Brickner, a recently paroled man convicted of manslaughter. He worked as a construction worker during the day and a bouncer in a bar at night.
This is where he met Frankie (Laura Vandervoort) who introduced him to Reno (Walton Goggins). Reno then introduced him to the world of underground street fighting. At first he didn’t want to do it. But he changed his mind after his victim’s widow, Veronica (Lynda Boyd), demanded that he should shoulder her daughter’s heart transplant.
To be honest, I’m a big Stone Cold fan. I still wear my Austin 3:16 shirts from time to time and sometimes wish I could knock out my annoying neighbor with a Stone Cold Stunner. Damage managed to bring out the best in Steve Austin to produce a decent action movie.
Don’t expect a complex plot from Damage. It’s all about the fight sequences, which are enjoyable but after some time you’ll feel that everything’s the same. Stone Cold didn’t do any of his signature moves, although I remembered that he speared a guy in one of the fights. His special move in Damage is a powerful punch that can break the ribs of his opponents.
I did felt that Veronica the widow was a bit selfish and put too much pressure on John, especially after learning that he killed her husband on self-defense. Reno the hustler was a more likable character than her.
It is good to see Smallville’s Kara in a movie. Laura Vandervoort is cute and that’s all she needs to do on screen. She was enjoyable to watch and hopefully in the future she gets to have a role that will stretch her acting skills.
Damage provided all the right ingredients for a good, old-fashioned action movie. It just proves that a movie doesn’t need expensive CGI to be entertaining. It also had funny moments. The running gag with his parole officer was hilarious. If you like action and some comedy then you’ll enjoy Stone Cold’s Damage.