Prepare yourself for Deadly Impact – the white-knuckle action-thriller starring Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints franchise) and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix franchise). Hard-nosed cop Thomas Armstrong’s life was shattered when he became the helpless target of a mastermind assassin. Now the killer has returned to terrorize the city with an explosive game of cat and mouse. In a thrilling race against time, Armstrong must stay one step ahead to capture the madman and save innocent lives.Joe Pantoliano (Memento, The Matrix) gives a jolt to everything he’s in, and Deadly Impact is no exception. Pantoliano plays a mad bomber called the Lion, who takes a personal relish in brutally punishing Tom Armstrong, a cop who gets too close (Sean Patrick Flanery of cult favorite The Boondock Saints). Tom goes to seed in Mexico, but an FBI agent (Carmen Serano, Breaking Bad) lures him to Albuquerque, where the Lion is pulling out all the stops. Deadly Impact is pretty generic, as the bland title might suggest, and Flanery doesn’t provide much flavor. But Pantoliano drives the movie forward through sheer nerve. He never pushes or goes for flash (which is surprising, since most of the movie is bending over backward to be intense), yet he’s compulsively watchable. Half the time you don’t even see him, you just hear his nasal voice, insinuating and ruthless, tossing out threats with blithe efficiency. He’s a scary guy precisely because he’s not trying to be; he’s just got things to do, and if Armstrong gets in his way… well that’s too bad. Pantoliano injects everything he does with a sneaky sort of wit, like he’s in on a joke that no one else gets. –Bret Fetzer
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