Sunday, April 17, 2011

Burn Notice - The Fall Of Sam Axe - Preview

It's less than one hour before The Fall of Sam Axe premieres on USA Network (9/8C). And I, lucky person that I am, just finished watching an advanced copy an hour ago. Let me tell you, you are in for a great ride. It has everything Burn Notice is known for - humor, action, blowing stuff up, and even a hint of romance. However, you don't need to watch Burn Notice to get into this movie. It's not going to start an intellectual revolution, but it is a heck of a lot of fun.

The premise is that in 2005 Sam Axe unwittingly has an affair with an admiral's wife. To get back at him, the admiral sends him down to Colombia to gather intelligence on a new terrorist group. Things seem suspicious from the beginning and he soon realizes that the Colombian militia he's with have secrets that could get him killed. In typical Sam Axe fashion, he defies protocol and orders to determine the truth and help save the day.

My favorite part of the movie is all the humor. From the beginning montage to the great one-liners, the movie had me laughing. "Your best fighter is a goat herder." BWAH!!! I love it. Who else would use JV football plays to train an army? Add to that an unshaven Michael Westen, lots of explosions, "The Chin", and the evolution of Chuck Finley. I even liked the Colombian terrorist version of spaghetti western music. The story structure of an inquisition does get in the way a bit, but for the most time it moves quickly. There are questionable special effects and some things are cheesy, but that's Burn Notice too. All in all, it's a great 2 hours of fun. So sit back with a beer or cold Mojito and enjoy the ride (on a donkey).

Edited to add that the special effects seen on TV were much better than the advanced one. Thumbs up!

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