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Ten years ago, a bank-robbing team stole $100 million from a Vegas casino. Not all of them got away. Now, Bishop (Lennie James) is a small-town sheriff, making an honest living…with no memory of his criminal past.
But when his old crew rolls into town looking for the loot, the perfect getaway threatens to turn into a nightmare of greed, revenge, and retribution.
There is not a lot I can add in regards to plot details here without ruining the film for those that are waiting to see it but I will talk a bit about the film itself. This is more a crime/drama than an all out action film. It starts off slow and even a bit confusing as it tells us what happened 10 years before with the use of flashbacks and memories. After that is all finished the film settles into present day. Bishop is now a sheriff in a small town and his cohorts are looking for him because he had a pack with 10 million dollars in it when he got away all those years ago. The problem is Bishop took a bullet to the head and does not remember any of his past, including where he stash the money, but his partners are determined to find it.
"Swelter" is a mixed bag of good and not so good. The not so good consists of illogical decisions made by the characters and a few silly, needless stand-offs that happen so fast you sit there scratching your head. I also think the film is going to be a bit slow for a lot of people out there who might be expecting an all out action film. Also Van Damme is not a major player here so if you think he is going to be running around kicking major ass I can tell you now that he has a supporting role here.
The good things about the film include the cinematography, the acting from everyone was above average and the film does have several good action scenes in it. I also liked the ending though I am not sure others will agree on that.
So, "Swelter" to me was an average revenge film that could of been better with a few tweaks but I still recommend at least a rental here. Available on DVD and Blu-ray with Special Features that include:
French Language Available
Released by Well Go USA
** 1/2 Out Of *****