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STARRING
Frank Zagarino, Matthias Hues, Robert Vaughn, Don Stroud
DIRECTED BY
Art Camacho
SCREENPLAY
Richard Preston Jr
MPAA RATING
Rated R
RUNNING TIME
90 Mins.
DISTRIBUTED BY
Cheezy Flicks (DVD)
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 "Deadly Reckoning" is Worse Than a Cheezy Flick 
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There are Cheezy Flicks, as in those wonderfully delightful B-movie films so often released by those great folks at Cheezy Flicks, then there are just plain bad flicks.

Deadly Reckoning, a 2001 action flick from director Art Camacho, is very much the latter.

But, you can still get it from Cheezy Flicks!

Not to be confused with Bogie's classic Dead Reckoning, Deadly Reckoning centers around a man (Frank Zagarino) with a mysterious military career who leaves it all behind to move to a small town and open a bookstore with his teen daughter. For awhile, it seems as if he's successfully left it all behind - Then, "the cell" tracks him down and the leader (Robert Vaughn) bursts into the bookstore with his crew of East German convicts (including familiar face Matthias Hues) determined to glean information from him at any cost.

Some of you may have caught the film on Netflix, and if you want to own your very own copy you can do so for a mere $2.99 from Cheezy Flicks as it's one of their featured selections this month. While I typically fancy myself a fan of their "featured" products, I'm not sure there's a way you could even pay me to watch this film again.

Okay, I'm lying. You could pay me WELL to watch this again.

You pretty much know how everything is going to go down in this paint-by-numbers action flick that even lacks the usual razzle dazzle we've come to expect from Art Camacho's indie stylings. This was one of those films that made me want to break my vow of always watching a film until the every end - otherwise I don't allow myself to write a review.

This film, however, was a painfully boring view with unimaginative action sequences and acting that was wooden even by the usual action flick standards. Instead of cheap attempts at a bad story, Deadly Reckoning needed to amp up the action and fight sequences. While fans of indie action may find moments to enjoy here, or hardcore fans of anyone in the cast with the exception of the slumming Vaughn, the simple fact is that Deadly Reckoning isn't even good enough to fill the shelves at Cheezy Flicks.

Ouch. That's painful.

© Written by Richard Propes 
The Independent Critic



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