Picks and Pans Review: Black Dog
If giant, loving close-ups of the grille, hood and tires of an 18-wheeler turn you on, climb aboard. Only true truck devotees and undiscriminating fans of action films need bother with this pedal-to-the-metal thriller.
In Black Dog, Swayze scowlingly plays a trucker who lost his license following an accident and spent two years in prison for vehicular manslaughter. Now released from the slammer and working as a mechanic, he agrees to haul a load of illegal arms from Atlanta to Newark because the $10,000 payday will save his house from foreclosure. But then the bad guys sabotage Swayze, take his wife (Brenda Strong) and kid prisoner, and otherwise make him real mad. The results couldn't be dumber, louder or more predictable. Swayze seems to be warming up here for a future role remaking Charles Bronson movies. As a fellow trucker, crooner Travis looks alarmingly like Abe Lincoln. (PG-13)
Bottom Line: Keep on truckin' past this one