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W.D. Hatfield reviews “Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia”
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In the formulaic approach of the typical military action hero flick, WWE Studios latest offering “Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia” starring the WWE’s own Mr. Ken Kennedy is a true standout of the burgeoning film companies small library. Mr. Kennedy easily stands head and shoulders above John Cena and Kane as a true actor and comes across like a polished pro on the screen. As a viewer watching previous WWE Studio films, I was always consciously aware of these being wrestlers starring in movies, not so with Mr. Kennedy. In the oft referred “suspension of disbelief”, Mr. Kennedy allows the viewer to do just that. He did an excellent job and seemed like a true superstar in the film. Supported by an awesome cast of veterans and newcomers, “Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia” was a really cool action flick, of course it’s the standard “defy the establishment to bring our boys home” fare, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. The action scenes are great, very Rambo-esque in it’s over the top improbability, but if you long for logic, then this film isn’t for you. However, if you are in the mood for some great distraction and fun or you just think it’d be cool to see Mr. Kennedy kill the bad guys in inventive ways, then you must see this film. Is it the best action movie ever made? Of course not. Is it the best WWE Studios film so far? I think that not only is it the best, but it’s a damn shame this wasn’t released in theatres. It is so much better than other WWE offerings, that it should be an embarrassment to the WWE that Mr. Kennedy wasn’t featured in a starring film role sooner. As a wrestling fan as well as a film fan, after seeing Mr. Kennedy’s outstanding performance, the fact he isn’t featured in a more prominent role on regular WWE programming is either due to the political b.s. of the WWE hierarchy or sheer stupidity, which according to some sources I’ve spoken with are interchangeable adjectives to describe their thought processes. But I digress, “Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia” is a film full of fun quick quips by Mr. Kennedy, loud, violent, and boisterous action sequences, an awesome knife fight scene, and lots of explosive battles. I recommend checking this out, if you’ve been burnt with WWE Studios before, give it one more chance, I think you’ll be surprised. I definitely hope to see Mr. Kennedy back in more films, and I’d imagine that there will be other opportunities outside of WWE should McMahon and company drop the ball with this talented actor/wrestler, Mr. Ken Kennedy…..Kennedy.