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Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe

'Burn Notice', 'Bruce Campbell', 'Jeffrey Donovan', 'Matt Nix'

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Before the Burn there was the Axe

  • Apr 18, 2011
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In 2011 Burn Notice took a step back to the year 2005 to give the audience a glimpse into the back story of one of their favorite washed-up drunks.  Changing its setting from sunny Miami to a Colombian jungle, The Fall of Sam Axe is unlike anything Burn notice has yet done.

If you're a fan of Bruce Campbell and all his movies, namely Alien Apocalypse or I am Bruce as opposed to the Evil Dead trilogy, chances are you will like this movie.  In a lot of ways Burn Notice:  The Fall of Sam Axe follows the standard Bruce Campbell movie format of a fish-out-of-water in an absurd situation must rally a rag-tag group of underdogs against a seemingly unstoppable force.  There is even a scene reminiscent of the castle wall speech from Army of Darkness where Bruce's character, having insulted and let down those he must fight beside, must inspire his fellows to rally against an oncoming attack - with lines that only Campbell could pull off.  The speech did however require a Spanish interpreter for his Colombian audience as Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) could admittedly only speak Spanish on a 3rd grade level.  I particularly enjoyed the scenes where he spoke with subtitles reflecting his Spanish skills:  "Much very sleep."  Fans of Bruce Campbell will enjoy one particular scene where Sam directly references the Evil Dead trilogy by using a chain-saw to fight the para-military saying, "groovy" as almost a fan-boy joygazm.

If you're more a fan of Burn Notice and only know Bruce Campbell from his roll as Sam Axe, you're probably going to hate this movie.  The plot lacked any real real surprises and had virtually none of the cloak-and-dagger twists indicative of Burn Notice.  Aside from the way the camera angles and cuts were handled, The Fall of Sam Axe also represented a complete change of theme from nearly every device associated with Burn Notice.  It could be viewed as a breath of fresh air, as Burn Notice has not in the past deviated from its format, but I would have preferred at least something associated with the TV show.  One devise that could have brought more of the spirit of the show would be the spy-advice voice-overs typically done by Michael Weston (Jeffrey Dovovan).  It would have been very entertaining to have Sam Axe do his own style of advice voice-over to go along with Sam Axe's own version of Burn Notice's Ask a Spy, which appeared on hulu shortly before the premier.

The Fall of Sam Axe made and obvious attempt to add a humorous undertone to the action, which is indicative of Burn Notice, but the humor wound up coming off as campy and almost patronizing - not as close to crossing the line into slap-stick as other Bruce Campbell movies - but it was a far cry from the slick, witty banter of the TV series.  The general feel of the movie is akin to that of a SyFy channel origional movie - only instead of ripping of the latest science fiction movie, this is more of a rip off of the 24 movie: Redemption.  All in all, this could have been a much better movie.

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April 21, 2011
Great review, I had no idea that Burn Notice was based on a movie. Thanks for sharing!
 
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