CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPRSS
Pro Wrestling Torch
Pro Wrestling Torch Reaches The Most Wrestling Fans Every Week: #1 in iTunes • #1 on iPhone and iPad • #1 on Android • #1 on Kindle
GOT THE PWTORCH APP YET?
iPhone & iPad
Android
Amazon Kindle
Windows Phone
PWTorch Phone App
CALDWELL'S TAKE
CALDWELL'S MOVIE REVIEW: "The Package" - Has Steve Austin found his groove in latest action movie role?

Feb 21, 2013 - 10:36:27 AM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BOOKMARK US & VISIT US DAILY


By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

AustinLundgren_6.jpg



The latest DVD action movie starring "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, "The Package," sticks to the Stone Cold action movie script - family member in trouble, plenty of fight scenes, "hostage" predicaments, Austin's character fights out of "stacked decks," and plenty of great Stone Cold one-liners.

But, as Austin continues to rack up frequent-flier miles to Vancouver to film these action bouts, the quality of the movies has improved, too.

Most notably, Austin seems more comfortable in his skin as an actor. In this movie, Austin plays the role of "Tommy," a mob-boss bouncer with military experience who turns into an errand-runner. The mission is to deliver a package to co-star Dolph Lungdren's ailing character, but the movie's twist is what the package really is.

Along the way, Austin's character shows vulnerability, questioning whether he can still hang, overcome the bad guys intent on killing him, and complete the mission. The plotlines and characters are painted with wide brush strokes, such as a standard mob boss holding "meetings" in a darkly-lit bar/restaurant. So, subtleties from Austin's character are quite noticeable.

Austin doesn't go beyond his range of showing vulnerabilities, though, sticking to the Paul Heyman formula of maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses as an actor.

The fight scenes are the movie's strength, as would be expected in a straight-to-DVD action movie. The intriguing part is seeing what crafty, carefully-calculated maneuvers Austin's character, Tommy, comes up with to escape multiple "handicap match" situations.

The scriptwriters attempt to flesh out the central story at the climax when Tommy and Lundgren's character meet up for the first time in the movie. This encounter also sets up the ultimate escape for Austin's resourceful, underdog character.

Going into the movie, expectations should be reasonable for a DVD release - it's a compact, hour-and-a-half film suitable for unwinding on a Friday night and getting lost in an action movie world. For Austin, he's found his groove as an actor and this was the right role for him being able to routinely surprise the audience with strong escapes from tricky situations.

Austin also appears to be in good physical shape, which was certainly a requirement for the role. Does it mean he could have a one-off wrestling return match? Only Austin knows the answer to that. But, after signing a new action movie deal with Anchor Bay and promoting his own Broken Skull Ranch production company, it appears Austin's focus will remain on building his action movie portfolio. Based on his performance in "The Package," he's obviously becoming more comfortable with wrestling seemingly in the rear-view mirror.

[ FYI: "The Package" is available on DVD and Blu-ray systems through Amazon.com and AnchorBayEntertainment.com here - http://bit.ly/VxVffG ]

[ Redbox FYI: The movie is available at a Redbox movie rental kiosk near you through Redbox.com ]

[ Video: Austin talks about the movie and working with Lundgren with Gamer Hub Videos here - http://youtu.be/UC-Pi3eT44Y ]



We suggest these recent related articles...
THE STATE OF TNA: Special Report on TNA's current standing, future prospects, and the "big play"
CALDWELL'S DVD REVIEW: Not Quite The Best of Sting
CALDWELL: The Sad State of WWE's Babyface Roster
prowrestling.net
CLICK HERE FOR EVEN MORE PW.NET HEADLINES


CLICK TO EMAIL THIS ARTICLE
CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO MAIN LISTING

NEW! SIGN UP FOR FREE PWTORCH BREAKING NEWS EMAIL ALERTS
BECOME A PWTORCH VIP MEMBER
-FORMER MEMBERS LOGIN HERE TO RENEW
-NEW MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
SELECT BY ARTICLES CATEGORY
SEARCH PWTORCH.COM



CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF UPCOMING PRO WRESTLING EVENTS
MORE HEADLINES AT AFFILIATE SITES
MMATorch
LATEST HEADLINES - CLICK TO READ CLICK HERE FOR MORE MMATORCH HEADLINES



LATEST HEADLINES - CLICK TO READ CLICK HERE FOR EVEN MORE INC HEADLINES

_
LATEST FREE AUDIO SHOWS - CLICK TO LISTEN VIEW MORE PWTORCH LIVECAST EPISODES
DOWNLOAD PWTORCH LIVECAST APP
SUBSCRIBE TO PWTORCH LIVECAST IN ITUNES


ABOUT US

THE TORCH REACHES MORE COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT FANS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE

PWTorch editor Wade Keller has covered pro wrestling full time since 1987 starting with the Pro Wrestling Torch print newsletter. PWTorch.com launched in 1999 and the PWTorch Apps launched in 2008.

He has conducted "Torch Talk" insider interviews with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, Goldberg, more.

He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).

He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)


REACHING 1 MILLION+ UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH
500 MILLION CLICKS & LISTENS PER YEAR
MILLIONS OF PWTORCH NEWSLETTERS SOLD
PWTORCH STAFF

EDITORS:
Wade Keller, editor
(kellerwade@gmail.com)

James Caldwell, assistant editor
(pwtorch@gmail.com)

STAFF COLUMNISTS:
Bruce Mitchell (since 1990)
Pat McNeill (since 2001)
Greg Parks (since 2007)
Sean Radican (since 2003)

We also have a great team of
TV Reporters
and Specialists and Artists.

PWTORCH VIP MEMBERSHIP

PWTorch offers a VIP membership for $10 a month (or less with an annual sub). It includes nearly 25 years worth of archives from our coverage of pro wrestling dating back to PWTorch Newsletters from the late-'80s filled with insider secrets from every era that are available to VIPers in digital PDF format and Keller's radio show from the early 1990s.

Also, new exclusive top-shelf content every day including a new VIP-exclusive weekly 16 page digital magazine-style (PC and iPad compatible) PDF newsletter packed with exclusive articles and news.

The following features come with a VIP membership which tens of thousands of fans worldwide have enjoyed for many years...

-New Digital PWTorch Newsletter every week
-3 New Digital PDF Back Issues from 5, 10, 20 years ago
-Over 60 new VIP Audio Shows each week
-Ad-free access to all PWTorch.com free articles
-VIP Forum access with daily interaction with PWTorch staff and well-informed fellow wrestling fans
-Tons of archived audio and text articles
-Decades of Torch Talk insider interviews in transcript and audio formats with big name stars.


**SIGN UP FOR VIP ACCESS HERE**

CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCASTIPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPRSS
VIP SIGN-UP
VIP LOGIN
THE TORCH: #1 IN COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE | © 1999-2013 TDH Communications Inc. • All rights reserved -- PRIVACY POLICY