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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published April 13th 2020
Dolph Lundgren returns for new action movie
Iconic movie star Dolph Lundgren, famous for roles as He-Man in Masters of the Universe and Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, returns for another action thriller.

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Dolph Lundgren in Acceleration


The 62-year-old Swedish actor still has that icy stare and movie presence that has been seen off and on in recent years in films like The Expendables 3 and Creed 2.

Now, he is in action movie Acceleration, which has this month become available on digital download.

Its opening scene is full-on with Lundgren a menacing presence as crime lord Vladik Zorich, dealing in guns, gambling, drugs and skin trafficking with the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles.

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Natalie Burn is a fiesty lead


There's a recognisable cast that includes Ukrainian model and actress Natalie Burn, Sean Patrick Flanery and Chuck Liddell in this film directed by Michael Merino and Daniel Zirilli.

It's very much a vehicle to showcase Burn, who also made an appearance in The Expendables 3. Her feisty nature makes for an attractive character.

Alongside her is Danny Trejo, who starred in Machete and From Dust Till Dawn, and Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, who played B.A.Baracus in the 2010 The A-Team movie.

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Acceleration has a moody atmosphere


It follows the premise that Lundgren's character has been double-crossed by his most trusted operative Rhona Zyocki, played by Burn.

From the start, we see a tough Rhona trying to make amends with Vladik, who has kidnapped her son and is set various tasks to eliminate his enemies during one fateful night in order to get her son back.

There are lots of neon and dark moody effects that give the appearance of opening scenes in a computer game. The lighting is very low throughout and Lundgren does many of his scenes behind a desk and computer in a darkened room.

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Dolph Lundgren is famous for action films including Rocky IV


It's a pretty standard film in the low-budget bracket of the genre but has a well-known cast in its favour.

While there are some good action sequences and a refreshing female lead, it's not the same calibre as other slicker, higher budget Lundgren movies with more appealing dialogue.

What Acceleration does offer is easy viewing if you want undemanding escapism with plenty of action sequences.

Acceleration will be available on Digital Download from April 6 from various on demand platforms including on iTunes here.

Rating: 15
Director: Michael Merino & Daniel Zirilli
Cast: Natalie Burn, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Sean Patrick Flannery, Chuck Liddell
Distributor: The Movie Partnership
Digital Platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Sky Store, Virgin Media, Rakuten
Running time: 85 mins
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