Weaponized (2016)

  • Time: 91 min
  • Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.
  • Cast: Johnny Messner, Tom Sizemore, Jon Foo, Mickey Rourke


A damaged homicide detective (Johnny Messner) must prevent a grieving father from unleashing a “robotic virus” that he believes will destroy the terrorist cell that murdered his son, but at an unimaginable cost.


  • I got a simple answer for you, Detective.
    John Kennedy once said, “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it.”
    “And the path that we’d never take, is to choose the path of surrender or submission.”

    I have a weak spot for low-budget, straight to DVD, B-movies. Occasionally you’ll come across such a piddling, unknown and unloved film, which surpasses some blockbusters in terms of content and design. But “Weaponized” is the first crap movie this year. I had a hard time watching it till the end. Actually everything is wrong in this monstrosity of a movie. There’s absolutely no logic, performances are pitifully poor and the special effects are so bad it would be better they skipped it. This is an example that you realize afterwards that the idea wasn’t so bad (even though it was used several times), but they screwed it up big time due to incompetence. I wonder why actors like Tom “Private Ryan” Sizemore and Mickey Rourke participated. For those two it’s a sign on the wall.

    It all starts with a terrorist attack on the Pentagon (with really awful special effects used on historical footage of the Pentagon). The son of Kyle Norris (Tom Sizemore), CEO of the company Black Sun, dies during this attack. This incident makes Kyle an avid supporter of the fight against terrorism. He wants to use the technology developed by his company, with the assistance of Clarence Peterson (Mickey Rourke), for this fight. This technique allows a soldier to briefly take over the consciousness of an opponent, so this person can eliminate himself and other terrorists. Subsequently it turns out this technology is being misused (who would have seen this one coming?) and it’s time to bring in detective Mitch Walker (Johnny Messner) so he can save his family, humanity and the entire universe from a possible dictatorship. Intriguing, exciting and original? Nope!

    It all sounds pretty Orwellian and the idea could have been the base of a vibrant, entertaining action-SF. What we get however, is a bland, uninspired, nugatory story, stuffed with hackneyed events, horribly choreographed action scenes set in a fake scenery. There was even at the beginning of the film a military vehicle that was made out of cardboard, according to me. The story is a mishmash of story lines, that were used already in several movies, linked together in a random way. It wouldn’t surprise me that they have organized a raffle to pick any possible storyline and knit it all together. And what the heck was that tin robot doing there in the end? Firstly it looked terribly old-fashioned. Robots in “Robot Overlords” looked more high-tech compared to this. Secondly, the way it was eliminated, is too ridiculous for words. And why was it displayed in a prominent place on the poster, since it contributed absolutely nothing to the story?

    I can be brief about the acting : painfully poor and extremely boring. Johnny Messner looks impressive when you look at him, but acting is his weakest side. Sizemore tries to be the bad guy, but this attempt was only partially successful. And I don’t know where they dug up Rourke. He looked extinct and deathlike anyway. The most ridiculous part can be admired in the end. Despite they have to deal with a rather large organization that possesses a life-threatening, demonic weapon, the amount of troops rushing in at the denouement, is truly laughable. A collision with a pedestrian ensures that more police will show up. Luckily it was going towards the end of the movie, because the urge to throw a heavy object at my TV screen, grew rapidly.

    Should you read somewhere “Weaponized” is an action-packed SF with a superb quality of images and sound effects, you can be sure that person has watched this film with an overdose of Prozac in his blood. Even watching for hours at leaves fluttering down while staring through a window, is less monotone and boring.

    PS. Moments you shouldn’t miss : An American soldier having troubles with land-mines. Benny Hill would have made a hilarious gag out of it ! And the car trunk on fire. What an amazing stunt.

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  • 2014 had The Prince, 2015 had Vice, and now 2016 has WEAPONiZED (my latest review). What’s the world coming to? I mean are all well known actors still defacing their own integrity? It certainly appears so.

    With its all caps title and unvarying combat scenes, “WEAPON” is the ultimate B movie, the ultimate sci-fi cattle prod. Its stars consist of a veteran trouper trudging his way out of rehab (Tom Sizemore), a Hugh Jackman wannabe (Johnny Messner), and Mickey Rourke in his most weathered state. In terms of direction, well Timothy Woodward Jr. fills the screen with tons of flashy, unnecessary cinematic techniques. He uses lots of close-ups, lots of slow-mo sequences, some jittery flashbacks, and an overuse of contrast lighting. Added to that, Sid De La Cruz’s musical score is forcefully repetitive and “WEAPON’S” cop movie cliches are more than evident. There’s stuff like the pissed off captain, the detective who ignores advice to stay out of harm’s way, the same detective who gets framed for murder, and the protagonist who vows to protect his only child. WEAPONiZED distributed by Cinedigm Entertainment Group, was only put into circulation by way of DVD. That by hook or by crook, should’ve have never really happened.

    What we have here is a silly actioner, a techy misfire that’s plotless in its concepts. Mounds of tired, computer speak and middling acting are in bunches. And oh yeah, there’s an out of place destructive robot to boot. I guess “WEAPON” is a body-swapping pic but basically, I threw my hands up in the air and at times said, “what is this thing really about?”.

    The story (or what I barely gathered from it) is a conundrum, something about a damaged father losing his son to unhinged, terrorist activity. Said father (Kyle Norris played by Tom Sizemore) is a military contractor and his chief motivation is to develop a “robotic virus” capable of inhabiting any human being at any time. He wants to avenge his son’s death all the while putting the U.S. in danger with his untested, dangerous technology. Walker (played by Johnny Messner) is the scruffy homicide detective bent on stopping Norris from his intentions. Taylor Cole (as Angela) plays Walker’s sultry wife, Michael Pare (as Captain Doug Rice) plays Walker’s salty superior, and Mickey Rourke (as Clarence Peterson) plays a professor hesitant on helping Norris with the savage Trojan Horse. Rourke’s character is confined to a wheelchair, sports some nappy facial hair, and carries his fugly-looking dog around with him. Just think Ernst Stavro Blofeld without the Mao suit.

    Now the L.A. environment here is more congested than anything else. The special effects are shoddy, even for a film about body swapping (this ain’t no Matrix or Terminator 2 I tell you). And I think it’s laughable how “WEAPON” takes place in the future but only a couple of years from now (like 2017 and 2018). If you’re gonna shoot a movie in a futuristic setting, why not go 2025 or 2026. The technological imagery in WEAPONiZED (just imagine the first thirty minutes of Minority Report) isn’t gonna be on our radar two to three years from now. That much I can tell you.

    WEAPONiZED, whose original title was Swap, has opening and closing credits that are banal, dialogue that is straight out of every sci-fi film involving law enforcement, and a tacked on, happy ending that is nothing but filler. Eyes in every audience will surely roll to the back of their heads. Oh wait, this thing is never gonna see the inside of a movie theater. Oops, I forgot.

    In conclusion, “WEAPON” is a rare motion picture that has that seen-it-all-before feel and at the same time, doesn’t make a lick of sense. If I had my druthers, I’d have all direct-to-video releases be saddled with a cease and desist letter prevented anyone from seeing them (that includes this one). Basically, if you’ve already viewed WEAPONiZED, it’s your loss. You might as well be “exorcised” from its remnants permanently. Rating: 1 and a half stars.

    Rating: 1.5 out of 4 stars

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