The Killing Machine aka Icarus DVD Review

Greetings one and all, welcome to another trip through the world of MediaView. This spot has been getting a lot of attention and with good reason – we cover the best and the worst, giving it to you straight with no bullshit. Next on my plate is another film from Dolph Lundgren called "Icarus". Oh and should I mention that he directs the film as well?

Icarus puts Lundgren in the role of Eddie Genn aka Icarus, once a soviet assassin and now hitman for hire whose world is suddenly taken for a loop when the hitman that he is, suddenly has a hit put out on him. This takes place after a job in Hong Kong goes wrong. Things go from bad to worse when his family, who knew nothing of his wicked past, is thrown in the mix which really sets him off and now Eddie wants answers. Who put the hit on him and why? The only person he thought he could trust was Kerr, but she eventually turns on him and well she gets what's coming to her. Eventually all roads lead to events that took place in his past, but what will Icarus do when confronted with that past? Does he look after his family and put it all behind him or head for the source of all his troubles, with guns blazing?

You can't get any more "direct" (pun intended – Direct Contact) than that, the plot is pretty straightforward with loads of actions and blood abound.

The Good:

Again Icarus, the film, shoots right from the hip and doesn't let go until the end. The suspense isn't that high, but the pacing is even and there's loads of action. Honestly, you can't go wrong with a Dolph Lundgren flick, because most of his films are straight-up actioners, with no twist and turns, though this film has an open ending with Icarus having to make the ultimate choice. The acting is pretty decent with Dolph leading the cheese pack, but I wasn't expecting "Oscar caliber" performances here. But overall a good story, with good action, and plenty of Dolph kickin ass, what more could one ask for?

The Bad:

There are some scenes that could have been edited better and I'm not being nitpicky here. How is it that Icarus can stand right in front of baddy and miss, when it's obvious it should have been a hit. Yea, tighter editing would fix that right up. Also there's not much in terms of suspense, also the film is very predictable. Oh and one boob! Come on man, hotness abound and we get one freakin boob!

The Ugly:

Dude getting a chunk of his face sliced off and left hanging. UGH!

Icarus won't win any "best film" awards, but even with all its faults, if you have some time to kill and you're looking for a straight up actioner with a good story then this is definitely the film to check out. Out of TOV 5 stars, I give Icarus a 3.5 and it's been Valkor tested and TOV Approved.