Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia Tim Matheson
Published Jan 07, 2009It seems that the WWE has signed a deal with Fox, ensuring that both theatrical and direct-to-DVD offerings featuring professional wrestlers light up Cineplexes and home theatres for some time to come. This should please teenage boys and Budweiser-drinking Americans in ways that Jessica Alba in a bikini cannot. Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia, the debut offering of this amusing collaboration, is really what anyone might expect, with a script derived entirely of exposition, political clichés, endless explosions and redundant plot machinations. In fact, the best way to visualize the film without seeing it might be to picture a late '80s Canadian television production with a couple of wooden, narcissistic robots running around with guns for an hour-and-a-half. The plot is pretty standard, as far as old-school Navy Seal flicks go, with a team of American Seals led by Lt. Sean Macklin (Joe Manganiello) and his kooky, bleached-blonde buddy Carter Holt (Mr. Kennedy, aka Ken Anderson) travelling to Columbia to observe a meeting between its government and some guerrilla insurgents, which inevitably ends in bloodshed. Abandoned by the U.S. government and blamed for the slaughter of the Columbian officials, the covert team of plucky fellows must prove their innocence and defend their lives. One need only look as far as a particularly sassy Chuck Norris flick or more accurately, something featuring Joe Estevez to know where it all leads and who the "real" bad guy might be. The DVD includes not one but two commentaries from both the IGN website editors — who are about as articulate as one might expect — and a director's commentary with Matheson, Manganiello and Mr. Kennedy. The latter commentary features the mocking of the homeless and discussion of the professional wrestling chain of command. Also included are many mini-featurettes on location, casting, explosions, stunts and bloopers, which combined make one standard length, generic "Making of."