Monday, April 18, 2011

Bruce Campbell's B-movie charm can't save 'Burn Notice' prequel

Seeing as how Tim was personally responsible for "Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe," this film held a special place in our hearts. We've been looking forward to it for a while.

The movie tells the story of Sam's last mission as a Navy Seal and how he came to retire in Miami. The plot was pretty generic as Sam is sent to Colombia to fight rebels in the jungle.

Of course, once he's there he figures out that he hasn't been told the whole story and ends up joining the rebels, who turn out to be a small group of farmers with old rifles.

Sam uses some of the improvised skills we've come to expect from "Burn Notice" and displays some new ones we haven't seen yet, but Bruce Campbell's endless charm is the only thing holding the movie up.

Campbell is known to sci-fi and horror fans for his work in classic B-movies like the "Evil Dead" franchise and "Bubba Ho-Tep." At Comic-Con he is considered a rock star and is a leading man is the most classic sense of the word.

On "Burn Notice," he deftly plays Michael Westen's supportive best friend and partner in crime, putting his comedic chops to good use.

With that in mind, on paper a Sam Axe prequel movie sounded like a perfect idea to keep fans satisfied between seasons, however, the absence of Michael, Fiona and Madeline became more noticeable as the film went on. Campbell needed someone to play off of and none of his co-stars seemed to bring the same fun energy that he always has.

The one exception was Ronreaco Lee as a doctor with a talent for explosives. He and Sam worked off one another well and should have had more scenes together. It would be great if his character showed up in Miami needing help from his old pal Sam.

All in all, "The Fall of Sam Axe" did provide viewers with a little more insight into the somewhat mysterious character, but the overall plot was generic and non-suprising with a too convenient ending only held up by the power of Bruce Campbell's chin.

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