Plot: A proud movie theater owner must defend his family business from corporate developers alongside a legendary action star as art imitates life in a showdown for the ages.
Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Showdown at the Grand starts when theatre owner George Fuller (Howard) is preparing for iconic action superstar Claude Luc Hallyday (Lundgren) to visit. It is part of his experience at the theatre of bringing people together. However, when a corporation makes him a life-changing offer, George is left with a difficult decision.
When George rejects the offer, he finds himself in a battle with ruthless business owner Lynn (Righetti). One that starts spiralling out of control of violence, until Claude arrives. This gives George a fresh lease on life believing there is still a future in his theatre.
Verdict onShowdown at the Grand
Showdown at the Grand is an action comedy following a struggling theatre owner facing a fresh fight to save his theatre. He is about to have one of his favourite action stars guest appear, but a ruthless business owner wants to knock down the building.
This is an action comedy that fully understands the fandom actors can gain. It uses an older action star filled with cheesy one-liners having a cult following. Along with mixing life and fiction by using the one-liners in everyday life. This bottles down to an extreme battle for ownership of a movie theatre, when it uses the bigger love for the theatre to drive the motivation. It is a lot of fun and the glimpse into the parody movies created for Claude are hilarious. This does feel like a movie that can be enjoyed by anyone who has a cult following for any movie or star.
Where to Watch: Signature Entertainment presents Showdown at the Grand on Digital Platforms 13th November.
Final Thoughts – Showdown at the Grand has plenty of laughs behind the wacky story.