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The Wrecking Crew (2000)

A high-level government hit squad is sent into the streets in order to complete a deadly mission.

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Albert Pyun

Writer:

Albert Pyun (as Hannah Blue)
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Cast overview:
Ice-T ... Menace
Ernie Hudson Jr. Ernie Hudson Jr. ... Hakiem
T.J. Storm ... Josef
David Askew David Askew ... Sly
Tarsha Nicole Jones Tarsha Nicole Jones ... News Reporter (as Miss Jones)
Vincent Klyn Vincent Klyn ... Juda
Romany Malco ... Chewy
Rob Ladesich Rob Ladesich ... Captain
Snoop Dogg ... Dra-Man
Jahi J.J. Zuri Jahi J.J. Zuri ... Ceebo
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A high-level government hit squad is sent into the streets in order to complete a deadly mission.

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Time to clean house.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive violence and language | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2000 (USA) See more »

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Brigada Destruidora See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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The director Albert Pyun filmed The Wrecking Crew (2000), Urban Menace (1999) and Corrupt (1999) simultaneously at the same time, location and cast (with different rappers guest-starring). And that occasionally left the cast confused, not knowing what character in what movie they were playing from one scene to the next. The movies also share the same Ice-T soundtrack playing almost constantly through-out the running-time. See more »

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Not very good but the background of the movie is fairly interesting
4 February 2015 | by Seth_Rogue_OneSee all my reviews

This is part of a trilogy (of sorts) the other 2 films are THE CORRUPT and URBAN MENACE.

Originally meant as one movie with different story lines coming together the movie-company decided that they'd rather turn them into 3 movies and make 3 times the profit from the DVD/VHS-sales but with the same budget.

All 3 movies were shot simultaniously in the course of 18 days (6 days per movie) with the same settings (with the exceptions of a couple scenes here and there) with the same crew, cast (except the rappers) etc even the same Ice-T soundtrack (his album 7th Deadly Sin) continuniously playing throughout.

And they often had to have the few Americans playing multiple characters within the same movie, because the extras that were hired couldn't speak a word of English (the movie is film in Brataslava).

One thing that happened is that AIR France lost a box of footage that they filmed which included footage from all 3 movies, because they would film scenes from different movies back to back to save time etc.

So that obviously messed up the movies a little bit, luckily they had b- footage for most lost scenes they could use instead but I wonder what actually happened to that footage and if the movies would have turned out better with it (I imagine so).

Another thing you will notice when you watch this is the lack of Snoop Dogg.

On the director's commentary Albert Pyun openly admits that the only reason they decided to put Snoop into the movie was so that they could put him on the cover and have his fans pay for a Snoop Dogg-movie even tho he never had any part in the making of this movie.

Confused?

Well Snoop Dogg was in URBAN MENACE of the trilogy, so they take a scene from that movie + interview footage with Snoop and via text they convey the idea that Snoop plays a gangster called Dra-Man and they edit it together to make it look like he was killed in the beginning of the movie.

So Snoop doesn't actually act in this movie, he didn't even know he was gonna be in it til I guess the movie company told him they wanted to attach his name to the movie and gave him a nickle for it.

Now to the actual movie:

I can't say it's a good movie, I actually somewhat enjoy URBAN MENACE and THE CORRUPT even tho they are very uneven.

This one is far more even, but also more monotonous but it flows a lot better than the other 2, so I can understand why this one has the highest rating of the 2 if not just for that.

The story is nothing to write home about, it's 3 gangs in a abandoned factory killing off each other, sort of a poor man's MEAN GUNS also a Ice-T and Albert Pyun vehicle.

But there's still something about it I can enjoy a little, maybe it's the knowing the background and having heard the commentary tracks for all 3 movies that can make me appreciate them a little more.

Cause honestly I didn't like Wrecking Crew the first time I saw it much but now okay I can't say I like it per se but I can somewhat appreciate it for what it is.


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