Written by: Matt Molgaard
I’ll admit, I was a little intoxicated when I checked this one out last night. Maybe what I saw and what actually transpired on screen are two different things. But I’m pretty sure I put this one together properly; I’m confident in my assessment. And, it’s a damn beauty. Inspiring enough to assemble this brief but somewhat hazy review, I’ll tell you that.
William Hurt carries the flick as professional assassin, Jason Renshaw. Renshaw is paid to execute the CEO of a major toy manufacturer, eventually completing his task without a hiccup. But when Renshaw makes it back home things quickly turn south. A package arrives. With trepidation, Renshaw opens it, discovering a G.I. Joe Vietnam Footlocker. It’s loaded to the gills with plastic soldiers, who are themselves loaded to the gills with heavy artillery. Before Renshaw can make sense of the unexpected delivery, the war is on. These soldiers come to life, and begin unloading everything they’ve got on the resilient Renshaw. The question becomes quite obvious: can Renshaw defeat a pint-sized army with an explosive cache of weaponry?
Here’s what I really enjoyed about this film. There’s no dialogue. The story is crystal clear without ever having to hear any silly vocal exchanges or half-assed lines. It’s a physical film in the truest sense, and Hurt is extremely convincing as a lonely but proficient killer. He’s tough as nails, and unwilling to admit defeat as well, which works wonders when you’ve got miniature bazookas aimed at your face. It’s an awesome showdown that looks surprisingly crisp for the most part, and unravels at a terrific pace.
I didn’t catch the Nightmares & Dreamscapes mini-series when it ran some eight years ago, but I’m happy to be catching up. The first of eight episodes exceeded my expectations, and with tales like The Road Virus Heads North and Autopsy Room Four in the lineup, I suspect more awesomeness awaits. At the end of the day all I can really say is Battleground’s a strong opener, and it’s got me juiced to catch up on the remaining seven films!