2015 / Director. Christian Sesma.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
What the hell did I just watch? When you factor in Luke Goss's billing with a title being released direct-to-dvd then it's logical to lower your expectations. I have no shame in admitting that I have a strong tolerance for cinematic mediocrity because all sorts of differing factors surround every film. I was prepared to accept that AWOL-72 was going to be lame, but I was not prepared for it to be such a catastrophe.
Luke Goss plays an AWOL marine who is being chased by the Russian government, along with the LAPD and the movie has him on the run, attempting to deliver top-secret information. The premise is simple enough and should provide a basic structure for an action movie... the operative word being SHOULD! Instead the movie plays out like a mash up of ideas and feels suspiciously like two movies being stitched together. The actual integral plot line runs for 40 minutes and for some absurd reason we are insulted with another 30 minutes of irrelevant side-story that sees Goss's character caught up in an unrelated human traffic network. This stupid middle portion of the movie makes no sense. I would speculate that the producers had a different script collecting dust and insisted its inclusion.
On a technical level the film looks decent enough. It's fairly polished and glossy, however, most scenes are comprised of short spurts of dialogue edited together. Single scenes in any film ought to feel seamless and cohesive but in this case they're clunky and disjointed. The performances are wooden and you'd be forgiven for assuming that all of the players read the script for the first time moments before the cameras rolled. And what's with the title? AWOL makes sense... but what the hell does "72" mean? Your guess is as good as mine.
AWOL-72 is an absolute waste of time. Luke Goss, RZA, Bokeem Woodbine... in it for a buck, couldn't give a fuck!