Velocity Trap

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Martial Arts, Science Fiction

Olivier Gruner has all the right martial-arts moves, but second-rate films like this insure his continuing reputation as the poor man's Jean-Claude Van Damme. 2150, one of Earth's space colonies: Corruption runs rampant at the Ramanaya Mining Corporation, and executives don't take kindly to security officer Ray Stokes's (Gruner) whistle blowing. Ramanaya...read more

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Olivier Gruner has all the right martial-arts moves, but second-rate films like this insure his continuing reputation as the poor man's Jean-Claude Van Damme. 2150, one of Earth's space colonies: Corruption runs rampant at the Ramanaya Mining Corporation, and executives don't take kindly to security officer Ray Stokes's (Gruner) whistle blowing. Ramanaya trouble-shooter Dawson (Craig Wasson), who covets Stokes's woman, sets him up for the killing of a rookie guard as a way of deflecting attention away from a Dawson-sanctioned hit on the colony's Chief of Enforcement. Publicly disgraced and exiled, Stokes winds up guarding the banking vessel USF Atlantic, which is transporting $40 billion through Velocity Run, the galaxy's Bermuda Triangle. Dawson is secretly in league with pirates led by Nick (Ken Olandt) and his wife, Pallas (Jorja Fox), who plan to rob the Atlantic and kill everyone aboard. Nick and Pallas dock alongside the ship and board it; Stokes awakens navigator Beth Sheffield (Alicia Coppola) from suspended animation, hoping that together they can thwart the robbery, perhaps by re-routing the Atlantic before an asteroid obliterates it. After sitting through several outer-space dogfights shabbily derived from STAR WARS, it's hard not to root for the space rock. This drear picture;s two assets are the occasional suspense generated by the pirates' maneuvers and gruner's graceful kicks and back flips. Otherwise, mediocrity reigns.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Olivier Gruner has all the right martial-arts moves, but second-rate films like this insure his continuing reputation as the poor man's Jean-Claude Van Damme. 2150, one of Earth's space colonies: Corruption runs rampant at the Ramanaya Mining Corporation,… (more)

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