One of the unfortunate echoes of
Unambitious to the core, "Down and Dangerous" is the perfect
That story finds Paul, a lone-wolf drug smuggler, evading a crooked federal agent (Ross Marquand) and two-timing his new business partner (Ernest Curcio), who just so happens to be the jealous new beau of Paul's ex-girlfriend (Paulie Rojas).
"Down and Dangerous" is never outright bad, but the script's emphasis on Paul's cool-guy tics, like teasing his acquaintances with the mystery of his first name, become increasingly wearisome. Even sillier is Paul's self-styled code of honor: He won't do business with bigots, and his strength in fairness is so great he'll throw away a gun during a fight for his life. The implausibilities rack up faster than the body count.
"Down and Dangerous." No MPAA rating. Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes. At Downtown Independent, Los Angeles.