Review: This ‘Armed Response’ to rogue AI quickly becomes ridiculous

Dave Annable, Colby Lopez, Wesley Snipes and Eyas Younis in the film “Armed Response.” Credit: Alfon
Dave Annable, from left, Colby Lopez (aka Seth Rollins), Wesley Snipes and Eyas Younis in “Armed Response.”
(Alfonso Bresciani / Saban Films / Lionsgate)

An abandoned high-tech prison sets the stage — as well as the limited shooting budget — for “Armed Response,” a far-fetched supernatural revenge techno-thriller starring Wesley Snipes, Dave Annable and Anne Heche, and produced by KISS founder Gene Simmons and WWE Studios. If those credits sound like a wacky hodgepodge, here’s the plot: A team of special forces ops who fought in Afghanistan reconvenes in a secluded U.S. military compound called the Temple, which was intended as a place to interrogate high-level prisoners until its malfunctioning AI took on a deadly life of its own.

Although there is some entertainment value in seeing Snipes, Annable (who also played a war vet on the TV series “Brothers and Sisters”), Heche and WWE star Seth Rollins in full tactical gear hunting for the invisible perpetrator behind a vicious bloodbath that has eradicated a squad of their predecessors, that value proves fleeting.

Unable to employ an effective chokehold on the mounting tension, actor-director John Stockwell, whose more satisfying credits include 2001’s “Crazy/Beautiful” and the 2000 TV movie “Cheaters,” fails to prevent Matt Savelloni’s increasingly ridiculous script from droning on lifelessly.

By the time one of the gun-toting members of Team Snipes growls “Let’s finish this!” viewers would be hard-pressed to disagree.



‘Armed Response’

Rating: R for strong violence, some grisly images and language

Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes


Playing: Laemmle NoHo, North Hollywood. Also on VOD.

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