When deciding whether or not to purchase or rent a DVD/Blu-Ray, the cover art is very important. If the cover features an actor or actress that’s appealing to the buyer, they are more likely to rent or purchase said DVD/Blu-Ray. Such as, whenever I, personally, see action legend Dolph Lundgren, I’m all over the release. This was the case with Puncture Wounds. Boy, was I disappointed.
John (Cung Le) has just come home from a turbulent tour of duty in Iraq. Since his return home, he has yet to visit his family, not knowing what to say to them. So, he holes up in a cheap motel, looking for any job he can find. One night, he hears the scream of a young woman (Briana Evigan) and comes to her rescue. Little does John know, the assailants are members of a vicious drug and prostitution ring, and Tonya (Evigan) is one of the prostitutes. And the leader of the gang is someone you don’t want to mess with.
Dolph Lundgren plays Hollis, the leader of the group that deals in the production and sales of methamphetamine, as well as running prostitutes. Man, is Lundgren amazing. He plays the up and coming crime lord with just the right combination of smarts and sleaze. The stringy blond hair and blonde Fu Manchu mustache are perfect accents to the character. There’s one problem: not enough Dolph.
The focus is on John, played by Cung Le. Le is an MMA fighter with obvious little acting chops. The guy is wooden. In one scene, Hollis orders some of his goons to kidnap John’s family and blow them inside a van. When John has to identify the bodies in the morgue, there is no real emotion. It makes the viewer wonder if there were cue cards underneath the sheet that said “emote now”, but Le wasn’t sure what that meant. Also, Lundgren isn’t the only actor underused in this flick. Vinnie Jones (Midnight Meat Train) is supposed to be a heavy, a tough. Like I said, supposed to be. Jones is in the film for maybe 10 minutes, and is basically a throw away character.
The film is also predictable. John enlists the help of one of his Army buddies (with a prosthetic leg, to hopefully tug on the viewer’s heartstrings) to help him get revenge on Hollis and his band of thugs for what they did to his family. The fight scenes are all shot in slow motion, which became ponderous and annoying. And the last battle between John and Hollis was way too short.
Puncture Wounds had so much potential, especially with Dolph Lundgren on the cover of the DVD. To paraphrase an old saying, never judge a DVD by its cover.