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Logan's War: Bound By Honor
cast: Chuck Norris, Eddie Cibrian, James Gammon, Joe Spano, and R.D. Call

director: Michael Preece

90 minutes (15) 2001
MIA DVD Region '0' retail

RATING: 4/10
reviewed by Rob Marshall
Although he gets top billing, and his face on the front of the box, Chuck Norris is not the star of this vigilante actioner. It's a showcase for the martial arts skills of Eddie Cibrian, a former TV actor. The Norris family machine is much in evidence though, as Aaron Norris has a producer credit, and the overall impression is that Cibrian is one of Chuck's protégés.    It starts with mafia-directed assassination of a crusading DA in Chicago that's witnessed by the lawyer's son, Logan. These opening scenes paint a Disneyesque picture of domestic life, even though cops have surrounded the family home due to death threats from the mobsters facing prosecution. Traumatised by horror of seeing his parents murdered, young Logan vows to kill the men who did it. After being adopted by his Uncle Jake (Chuck Norris, of course), the kid finds himself in a position to learn how...
   First, though, Logan grows up and joins the US Army Rangers, choosing the same career path as his Uncle, and so winning his respect. Then, on a dangerous rescue mission, Logan rediscovers his paranormal sense of danger, which alerted him to the impending violence as a child, enabling him to run straight through an enemy's minefield. Later, he leaves the Army, collects a sizeable inheritance, and returns home to join the 'family' of an organised-crime boss, posing as a hitman. Soon, Logan is a 'made man' in the mafia, and gets invited to the Don's house, to meet the killers of his father.
   What fails this revenge thriller is that Cibrian is so wooden an actor, especially when he's played against a more capable supporting cast that includes Joe Spano (from Hill Street Blues) as an FBI investigator, and R.D. Call as the top gangster. The movie only comes to life during the action scenes, and unfortunately, there aren't enough of them. It's worth mentioning that Norris himself performs the film's most impressive stunt, and that alone makes a lot of the younger star's macho posturing look mediocre. Nothing much is made of the potential 'psychic' angle as a genre-crossover plot device, because the bland hero doesn't make use of his precognitive ability beyond the two scenes mentioned.
   DVD extras: stills gallery, star biographies, trailer, Dolby digital 2.0 sound, and scene finder with 11 chapters.
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