Black Dog Movie Review
Enter Black Dog, a nonstop action movie featuring lots of truck - yes, truck - chases. The film is packed with trucks either exploding, flipping, or falling off cliffs. That says about it for the plot. The question is why didn't Red (Meat Loaf) take the cargo when it was sitting in his own yard at the beginning?
Anyway, Black Dog stars Patrick Swayze, whom I haven't seen in anything good since the days of Ghost and Point Break. He co-stars with a bunch of guys who can't act worth beans, but it's okay because the story is about as equally flat as the acting. Of course the dialogue didn't help: Near the end of the movie, Red attacks Jack (Swayze) with a truck and starts shouting religious overtones at him for no apparent reason.
As action goes, Black Dog has a lot of it, although it gets rather repetitive. There's some cool scenes of trucks flipping over, exploded, breaking apart into small pieces, driving off cliffs, and slamming into propane trucks. Some cars get beaten up to. As for gunfights, there are a few segments, but nothing worth yelping at. There's also an extremely dull-looking fist fight while the truck is moving very fast. The action kept me at attention but there are definitely better things out there.
As for questionable things, I have a few: Why, when they found out who the traitor is, do they give him a gun a few minutes later to fight the very guys he's working for? Second, how come the Feds are suddenly so nice at the ending and give Swayze his life back without even asking why he violated his parole, destroyed a dozen freeways, and so forth. Third, what was with the Black Dog? Now that was just stupid.
Despite a bad name, bad acting, a bad story, and some repetitive action, Black Dog managed to beat my expectations, though the movie falls far short of some much greater action films.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.