Episode 24: Sweepers


On this month’s episode we’re taking a look back at 1998’s Sweepers!  In this film Dolph Lundgren plays Christian Erickson, a humanitarian aid worker (with a Special Forces background) who races to stop the development of a new, high-tech landmine in Angola!  This was Lundgren’s second film with production house Nu Image and his first attempt at an action thriller, but one with a message. Don’t worry… the message isn’t as confused as the one in Seagal’s On Deadly Ground.  Joining me to discuss this socially conscious thriller is Brenton Haysom from the website, All Outta Bubblegum, the ultimate fan page devoted to the action movies we all love and enjoy!  To what extent is Lundgren once again channeling Clint Eastwood in this role?  What new touches does he add to the “hero with a tragic past” archetype?  Did this film bring a sense of awareness to the issue of landmines in Africa?  And what exactly is going on with Bruce Payne in this film? Join Brenton and I as we discuss the somewhat overlooked Sweepers!

Major thanks to Brenton Haysom for joining me.  For action movie reviews, video essays, and killcounts, please check out Brenton’s site, allouttabubblegum.com!

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