Black Site Delta (NR)

Action/Adventure May 5, 2017
By Tatiana Craine
Tough-guy absentee father Jake (Cam Gigandet) just wants to steel himself with a drink and deliver a stuffed bunny to his daughter, but the regulars at the watering hole he has stumbled into don't take kindly to outsiders. Things escalate from zero to 100 when he stabs a local during a scuffle; next thing he knows, he wakes up in a tiny military jail. If all that doesn't make much sense, that's because most of Black Site Delta alternates between boilerplate action and "What the fuck is happening" moments.

Director Jesse Gustafson's feature-length debut embraces the hackneyed premise, diving headlong into stale material and forgettable fights. When terrorists attempt to kick-start a nuclear holocaust at the military base, Jake becomes the de facto leader of a ragtag group of cutthroats trying to quash the drone-led revolution. Only an upbeat, knife-slinging sociopath (Jon Brodsky) — here to make friends and taste blood — keeps this self-serious film from scowling itself into oblivion.

And in a film balls-deep with dick-swinging assassins, it's no surprise that there are only two women: a terrorist's sex toy and a killing machine who's introduced as a punch line. There's a mysterious tough guy locked in a solitary cell who'd be a great addition to the recon team. But, whaddaya know, a woman emerges. A badass girl? Don't worry, folks: Just because Vasquez (Teri Reeves) can kill a guy with her legs doesn't mean she's too good to make out with the hero in the middle of the mission. For a movie that literally says it's full of "a bunch of degenerate maniacs," humdrum Black Site Delta bombs.
Jesse Gustafson Cam Gigandet, Teri Reeves, Jeremy Sande, Sherri Eakin, Benjamin Charles Watson Rick Benattar XLrator Media

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