Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe

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  1. The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" says:
    33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    GUNS DON’T HELP PEOPLE, PEOPLE HELP PEOPLE, July 30, 2011
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    What we learned from this movie is that Bruce Campbell can only play one type of character. Fortunately he does it well. You know this is going to be a comedy from the beginning when Campbell as Sam Axe is escorted by two SPs, with serious swagger music, through mis-operating gates and doors. Sam is a Navy Seal. He is not the “kill Bin Laden” type SEAL but the have sex with the admiral’s wife (Chandra West) type of SEAL. This lands him on a job in Columbia dressed in camouflage garb designed to hide someone in the middle of the Atlantic.

    In Columbia, while looking for terrorists, things take a twist and then another, and another. Kiele Sanchez plays a clinic doctor and was marvelous in her role. And of course what would a Bruce Campbell movie be without a chainsaw? 4 1/2 stars. Acting is not something Bruce Campbell does well, but we love to watch it anyway. The twists is what made the movie humorous.

    No F-bombs, no sex, no nudity.

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  2. K. Harris "Film aficionado" says:
    111 of 137 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    I Love Bruce Campbell! I Love Burn Notice! This Tepid Prequel Misses Some Of The Allure Of Both, May 6, 2011
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    K. Harris “Film aficionado” (StudioCityGuy33 at Yahoo dot com) –
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    This review is from: Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (DVD)
    I watched “Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe” with a fair amount of expectation and anticipation. I have watched the “Burn Notice” series from its inception with my spouse and I think that it’s fair to say that it is one of our favorite weekly programs. Add to that, I have been a tireless devotee to the brilliant Bruce Campbell for more years than I care to recognize in print (decades!). So, this made-for TV movie seemed like a can’t miss proposition. And, indeed, it begins on a decidedly whimsical note as Campbell faces a military tribunal for an escapade gone wrong. With his trademark bluster, Campbell challenges authority like no one else! His character has become a fan favorite over the years due to his verbal interplay with his series’s co-stars Gabrielle Anwar and, most notably, Jeffrey Donovan. Donovan directs this tepid prequel and puts in a cameo, but its just long enough to highlight what’s missing from this incarnation of the Burn Notice saga.

    As much as I liked the comedic stylings of the present day military sequences, one would expect a terrific, funny and larger than life episode to showcase Sam’s outrageousness. In fact, the jungle exploits between a corrupt military junta and a ragtag band of rebel fighters just seems far too easy and conventional. In a set-up used in countless other films, Sam is sent as an observer to a third world nationality and discovers that all is not as it seems in their plight with rebel forces. Soon Sam is in the thick of things protecting an altruistic hospital (sweet) and its strong and dedicated American/Canadian doctors (no language barriers here!). But it is a sassy rebel orphan who really seals the deal in this film. Painfully unreal and contrived, the girl exists to personalize the story–but is just one more example of a character construct as opposed to a real person. That’s right, the great Campbell’s principle foil is a precocious teen–uggh!

    The strength of Burn Notice, as I mentioned above, is in its verbal pyrotechnics. The characters play off one another with rapid fire dexterity, and Campbell is an integral part of that success. Here, the script lacks the savvy and the smarts necessary to make this must-see entertainment and Campbell’s big persona fails to have a match in the likable, if forgettable, ensemble of the film. Another part of the series’ charm comes from stylish adventure and a palpable sense of danger. Here, the action is straightforward and lacking the visual flair we’d expect from the show. And as for danger, there’s never a doubt as to the outcome of this fairly generic tale. As a Campbell enthusiast, I prefer his campier film forays and as a Burn Notice fan–this only hinted at the elements which distinguish the show. I watched it, it was pleasnat enough, but I can’t imagine a second viewing. If you don’t watch Burn Notice, though–you’re missing out. I suggest you start there! KGHarris, 4/11.

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  3. K. Friedrich says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Dissapointing, October 21, 2013
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    K. Friedrich (Westfield, MA) –
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    My wife & I have liked Burn Notice since it’s inception 7 years ago and were sorry to see it end. The Sam Axe character in the series was one we always enjoyed. We had mean’t to view this 2 hour TV movie when it came out on USA Network, but missed it and finally got around to seeing it recently after the series ended. While it did give some insight as to how Sam “left” the service…the storyline was somewhat weak and the show was quite “campy”. Not up to the usual suspense of the series. Sam’s character, while portraying some of the characteristics Burn Notice viewers are familiar with, seemed to be too comical and not serious enough given the prediciment he was in. Definitely not up to par with the series. You can easily skip this, even if a fan of ther show.

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