I’m not sure exactly how I missed the seismic cinematic shift that was Cuba Gooding Jr moving from regulation leading man to straight-to-DVD action star.

But the fact of the matter is, each time I pop in to the local rental store, or take a gander at itunes, there seems to be another CGJ flick on the shelves.

One In The Chamber hardly strays from formula, in fact it is a pretty by-the-numbers affair, but it is all reasonably entertaining.

And you also get the added bonus of Dolph Lundgren popping up as a rival hitman that locks horns with Gooding Jr’s Ray Carver.

The plot is all a bit of a mish-mash involving Russian mobsters and plenty of double-dealing on the streets of Prague, with Carver having set himself up as a paid assassin for hire.

Things get a lot more complicated when he botches a hit, with Lundgren’s Alexei brought in to clean up the mess.

There is also a predictable love interest, even though every hitman flick should have told Carver that is not a good thing.

There are a few nicely-handled action sequences thanks to director William Kaufman, although both the leads (Lundgren especially) seem almost bulletproof throughout.

Gooding Jr looks comfortable in his role, and adds a slice of acting chops to the carnage, while Lundgren is so laid back he is virtually horizontal as he coasts through the film, with his array of garish Hawaiian shirts virtually a character in themselves.

Brit TV fans also get to see former Eastenders and The Bill star Billy Murray produce a turn as Carver’s hitman handler.

The whole thing looks suitably stylish, and the oft-filmed streets of Prague provide a neat backdrop to the action.

One In The Chamber is a perfectly serviceable thriller – just don’t expect too much.

 

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.