I wasn’t sure what to expect going into GRIDLOCKED, but I definitely had high expectations. The film boasts an interesting cast, and several of the reviews I read made it sound like a high-intensity action film. So, the bar was raised pretty high when I sat down to watch the film. I’m very happy to report my expectations were met and then exceeded with this movie, and I can’t wait to see what director Allan Ungar does next.
If you are not familiar with GRIDLOCKED, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Magnet Releasing:
Former NYPD SWAT leader David Hendrix (Dominic Purcell) has failed to receive medical clearance after taking a bullet on the job. As if things couldn’t get any worse, he’s forced to babysit Brody Walker (Cody Hackman), a hard partying celebrity that’s been sent on a mandatory ride-along as part of his probation. But all of that changes when a police training facility comes under attack by a team of ruthless mercenaries led by the mysterious Korver (Stephen Lang). Now Hendrix and Walker must band together with the remaining survivors to fight back and stay alive.
I love good action flicks, particularly those with intense gun-battles. GRIDLOCKED definitely delivers in this area, but it also contains a slick storyline that will keep you enthralled until the end.
GRIDLOCKED is shot well and looks great onscreen. The production value appears high, and the HD quality of the picture is very appealing to the eye. Likewise, the sound is crisp, and I greatly enjoyed the film in surround sound.
The acting is quite good, and I must confess I wasn’t sure if Dominic Purcell could pull off a lead role like this. Thankfully, he does a great job. I enjoy seeing him in the lead, and I hope to see him in more of the same in the future. Purcell is joined by a great cast that includes Cody Hackman, Stephen Lang, Vinnie Jones, and Saul Rubinek.
GRIDLOCKED does not contain many special effects, other than the firefights. Those look great, though, and they offer an energetic foray into fun. And when the action has subsided for a moment, the plot progresses at a nice pace. As a result, the film offers a great viewing experience overall.
GRIDLOCKED is a win for me, and I recommend giving it a look. It hits store shelves tomorrow, so make a note.