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I just finished watching this movie on prime, and I must say it was really good. I started watching movies that starred Louis Mandylor (one of my favorite actors) after watching a bunch of other movies he was in, and White Rush came up to the top of the search. I was hesitant at first after reading the reviews, but then I thought "don't hock it till you try it". I'll admit it did seem "low budget", but that's what most movies looked like in the 2000's so I didn't expect anything less. Over and all, the movie was intense, I really liked it. Keep watching it and there will be an unexpected twist in the end. I love twists, it keeps you drawn into the story of the movie. And this is coming from someone whom prefers supernatural and Twilight Saga movies over this type of genre.
So I watched this one as a preview suggested a bit of action and I was intrigues how it was classified as horror. Then I saw the Canon Films logo and knew I could be in for a low budget nightmare. But it was not. The plot moved along consistently. The bad guys all meet with appropriate endings and I never once had urge to yell at the characters for behaving stupidly out of character. Some of the low budget shops catch on to a watchable movie delivering what was expected and White Rush does that well. Nothing amazing here, just exactly what is promised for budget and promotion.
Acting was a little rough (Unconvincing) for some of the characters. The poorest job done by the beautiful female villain, Sandra Vidal. However, the two on the cover, Tricia Helfer and Judd Nelson, did a very good job. Was more like a made for TV movie, which it probably was. I still liked it. Great story line with a switch at the end.
Product (DVD) arrived early & in great condition. Have not had a chance to view this movie yet but I can almost bet that it will be good as I like all of Judd Nelson movies. He's an excellent actor in all movies that I've seen him in.
A group of young adults go on vacation — to Salt Lake City, no less — and run afoul of a drug deal. Judd Nelson is there, so you better be, as they say. He even kidnaps Cylon Number Six, Tricia Helfer. Man, the coke is gonna get everyone killed. I can just feel it.
This is the second Lester film I’ve seen that has Louis Mandylor in it. He once played Nick Portokalos in the My Big Fat Greek Wedding films.
There are plenty of double crosses and everything you come to watch American movies about Mexican cartels for that you could get more of in the legit Mexican narcos films. That said, as always, Lester keeps things moving and never forgets his drive-in roots.
Someone adapted a lousy ass attempt at a script from a book called White Rush, Green Fire, now it could of been much much better if someone from Hollywood or some Independent guy did it but this is just plain crap. While on a camping trip, 3 guys and 2 girls hear gunfire in the woods and that would be a drug deal gone bust. Soon, they take the drugs for themselves but one of them gets nabbed by dealer Judd Nelson (Breakfast Club, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) who is an undercover DEA agent and he wants the woman's friends to bring the cocaine back to its rightful owner otherwise her friends are dead. So, the big honcho dealer sends out a deadly assassin which just happens to be a Brazilian woman which an itchy kill finger. On the other line, the gang with the cocaine have to deal with smart ass cop Chick, played wildy over the top by Louis Mandylor (The Game Of Their Lives) and I'm not saying he's good he isnt, he just gives an annoyingly over the top performance....too bad Costas Mandylor wasnt in here. Anyway, the script sucks, the acting is bad, only Judd Nelson has some spark and he hads a little life to the story but this is just too retarded. Also starring Charles Schlatter (Diagonis Murder).
One time mainstream action director Mark L. Lester ('Commando', 'Firestarter' and ... erm, 'Roller Boogie') continues his penchant for low budget tomfoolery with this 2003 thriller that throws every cliche into what amounts as nothing more than a TV-movie lite quickie, yet still manages to entertain due to a game cast and fun direction...
Whilst vacationing in what appears to be a two minute walk from a local park, livewire cop Chick (Louis Mandylor), listless couple Arlene (Deborah Zoe) & Jay (Charlie Schlatter) and newly loved up Eva (Tricia Helfer) with her beau Tug (Taylor Sheridan) accidently stumble upon a drug deal gone wrong involving seedy criminal Brian (Judd Nelson). When Chick takes matters into his own hands by stealing said drugs in order to sell them to a local dope dealer and killing two birds with stone by bagging the money and setting that fella up - things take a decided turn for the worst. Y'see, the actual owner of the drugs is one of those big Mexican cartel types and he's none too pleased. Dispatching his most prized assassin Solange (Sandra Vidal), she cuts a swathe of murder and destruction hunting down our hapless group and no amount of apologising will suffice for their treacherous tea-leafery.
The movie, although slight isn't the worst thing I've seen. Director Lester seems to be on a ''Shoot! Print! Move on!'' vibe sporting plenty of sex, violence and campy situations that are catnip for slouchy couch potatoes such as myself. Maybe that's unfair: Its well lensed and expertly directed by his usual assured hand but C. Courtney Joyner's screenplay (adapted from an original novel by Mark McGarrity) uses broad strokes where a microscopic evaluation would have helped deepen the proceedings: For instance, Louis Mandylor's Chick suddenly turns into a greedy, backstabbing loon for no apparent reason and the rest of the group do stupid things simply to propel the plot forward and not go with their common sense. I guess its supposed to show how seemingly innocent folk can get seduced by money but the quick succession of change is questionable especially when the initial set up led you to believe these were real stand up guys with potential goodwill for each other, yet the mere whiff of a couple of mil and they're running around town like Al Capone.
Monarch's US Region 1 DVD release sports an okay transfer with vibrant audio. Sure, the movie is drivel of the highest order and far from Lester's much better, bigger budgeted offerings - but a fine cast (especially Nelson, Schlatter and Mandylor) elevate a down 'n dirty concept with much needed vigour. Worth a watch on a wet weekday evening accompanied by a large bag of Dorito's and trusted six pack of beer.