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An heiress is kidnapped during the chaos of a riot.

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Joseph Merhi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Daniels ... Maj. Shane Alcott
Sugar Ray Leonard ... Major Williams
Paige Rowland ... Anna Lisa Gray
Charles Napier ... Agent Devaney
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Bryan O'Flaherty
Kenneth Tigar ... Harry Johansen
Dex Elliott Sanders Dex Elliott Sanders ... Shyboy
Scott Shepard Scott Shepard ... Patrick O'Flaherty
Mongo Brownlee Mongo Brownlee ... Blaze (as Mongo)
Ron Barker Ron Barker ... Ambassador Gray
Tim Colceri ... Garrison
Thom Barry ... Fred Baker
Evan Lionel ... Cooper
Brian Nahas ... Franco
Marco Hernandez Marco Hernandez ... Butch
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As Los Angeles is put on fire by the riots, the daughter of a British ambassador is kidnapped by Irish terrorists of the IRA; at this point the American authorities instruct Major Shane Alcott (Gary Daniels) to intervene in the delicate operation. Written by IvanWong

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Every man for himself

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Rated R for non-stop violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2004 (Finland) See more »

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Emeute à Los Angeles See more »

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Florence, Arizona, USA See more »

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PM Entertainment Group See more »
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Passable popcorn action flick
22 October 2007 | by DigitalRevenantX7See all my reviews

The Story: A riot erupts in a major US city following the deaths of some teenagers at the hands of the police. Shane Alcott, a British soldier, is called in to rescue his former love, the daughter of the British Consulate, who was kidnapped by a gang of hoods. Trapped in the riot zone, Alcott must rescue the girl, stop the hoods & their IRA handlers, who are using the riot to further their own ambitions.

Riot comes from director Joseph Merhi, who has made a whole slew of cheap action films, such as The Glass Jungle, Repo Jake, CIA: Code Name Alexa & the entertaining The Sweeper. Here Merhi uses the background of a riot in order to drive a story about a high-profile kidnapping by hoods employed by the IRA (why the IRA would operate on American shores is something of a mystery). If you want to watch the film expecting riots, you will be disappointed, since the riot scenes are used in the start of the film only. Not to mention the fact that the scenes are played along with Christmas music, which makes the scenes quite funny to watch. As an action film, it is entertaining, with Gary Daniels fighting various hoods & IRA terrorists. But the film falters by not using the riot scenes in the proper way. Grade: C+ Review by M. K. Geist


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