Android Apocalypse (2006)

Tonight is All Elite Wrestling’s Double or Nothing PPV. One of the wrestlers on the show is Chris Jericho (WCW, WWE, AEW). Chris has been in a few movies throughout his career so far including , Albino Farm (2009), MacGruber (2010), and Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015). Chris had a small uncredited role in Immortal Combat (1994) according to my research but I have yet to watch it despite owning it on VHS. Android Apocalypse is Jericho’s first credited role.

 

Android Apocalypse

 

Android Apocalypse is a made for TV movie produced for the Sci-Fi Channel. It is a post-apocalyptic film set in a desolated Phoenix, AZ. Phoenix is the home of one of the last domed cities. The area outside of Phoenix is plagued by malignant robot probes that try to kill anything they find in the wasteland. It centers on an android designated as Dee Cee, played by Joey Lawrence (Blossom, Brotherly Love).

Dee Cee is part of a task force that is sent into the wasteland to retrieve a child who was exploring outside the city limits. He along with the android TeeDee (Chris Jericho) and another android rescue the child. Back in the city Jute played by Scott Bairstow (Wild America, The Postman) is replaced by androids at his work place and heads to the bar.

Jute goes to the bar and meets up with some friends.The bar is hosting a do you think you’re tough fighting tourney. Tee Dee is fighting there and Jute goes to fight him because he is mad that he lost his job to an android. Androids are not supposed to be able to fight but this one can. The cops show up and Jute runs away.

Jute and his buddy encounter Tee Dee while outside drinking and they get into a fight with him again. This time however, Jute kills the droid. Upon returning to his home he is arrested.  The rest of the film deals with Jute and DeeCee in the desert when their transport is attacked by probes then with DeeCee being reprogrammed and Jute being enslaved at the prison settlement Terminus.

The budding friendship between DeeCee and Jute is fun to watch and feels genuine. Jute goes from absolutely hating androids to understanding that they aren’t as useless as he has been lead to believe. They are forced to work as a team if they wish to survive.

I was really bummed that Chris Jericho was in this film for a small fraction of its run time. Chris does a fine job as TeeDee and although overall the androids are just people doing monotone voices and jerky robot movements, it works. Joey is especially good as DeeCee and Scott puts in a great performance in what would be his last film to date. Chris gets to show off some of his physical abilities in the tough tournament and his fights.

I really enjoyed this movie and think it is much more entertaining then the recent slew of SYFY’s TV movie offerings, it’s also really well done. If you are a fan of post apocalyptic movies, it is definitely worth a watch. It’s just an added bonus that I got to see Jericho act like a robot that kicks ass. My only complaint is that I’d like more of Chris Jericho in the film. Give this one a watch for sure if you miss the Sci-Fi Channel and it’s older made for TV films.

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I Am Vengeance (2018)

If there is one thing that pro wrestlers lend themselves easily to when it comes to film roles, it is action roles. Action roles don’t always call for lots of talking which is good for those who are just getting a foot hold into the acting world. You don’t always have to have the best speaking skills when it comes to action films, because, let’s face it we’re here for the punches, kicks, guns, and violence.

I am Vengeance

I Am Vengeance is an action thriller from the United Kingdom. It was written and directed by Ross Boyask. It stars professional wrestler Wade Barrett (Stu Bennett), known to many from his stint in World Wrestling Entertainment as well as being a host on Season 3 of Ultimate Beastmaster. He was in a few movies prior to this one; Dead Man Down (2013), Eliminators (2016), and Fanged Up (2017).

It also has an appearance by English pro-wrestler turned actor/director Leroy Kincaide. Leroy has been in a slew of shorts as well as the movie Kingdom of Gladiators and this one. He is also the founder of the independent film production company Nocturnal Pictures.

I Am Vengeance is about John Gold (Wade Barrett), a former soldier turned mercenary who learns that a friend of his has been killed in his old town of Devotion. After discovering his friend, Dan Mason has been murdered, he sets off to Devotion to discover who was responsible for the death of Dan Mason and Mason’s parents.

John shows up to town, enters the pub, and loudly states that he is there to find out what happened to the Mason family. After an extended silence, he is told by a young woman, Rose, that she knew Dan and his parents who often visited her cafe. He tells everyone that if they have a problem with him they can meet him outside. A group of ex-special forces soldiers show up to fight him but with too many spectators they leave.

One of the bartenders, Sandra, informs Gold that she was friends with Dan, and Gold asks her to tell him more. Sandra and Gold become embroiled in a back and forth with the ex-special forces who have now entered into the drug smuggling business.

The action in this film is excellent, the ex-special forces members do a fine job of intimidating the locals and causing problems for Gold. When they are sent after Gold, bloodshed ensues. I really enjoyed the gun play in the movie and there is just as much hand to hand combat as there are shoot outs.

Barrett as John Gold makes me miss the heyday of action movies, and gets me wondering how well he would have fit in then. I’ll be looking forward to more roles where Barrett gets to showcase some more badassery. I’m aware that there will be a sequel to I Am Vengeance or as it is known in the United Kingdom Vengeance and I’m excited for it as I feel I Am Vengeance hits all the right notes needed to satisfy me when it comes to an action flick. If you are a fan of action you should check this one out. It is easily found on Netflix in the United States.

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