Move over J.J. Abrams, there’s a new player in the lens flare game, and their names are Michael Merino and Daniel Zirilli, and they directed Acceleration, a high-stakes action film from 2019 that has made its’ way to Blu-ray.
Following Rhona, a badass mom who has been given a series of tasks that she must complete over one sprawling night, if she wishes to see her son alive again.
Over the course of an evening, we watch as Rhona takes on an entire city’s worth of seedy underground goons on her way to retrieving her son from Vladik (played by Dolph Lundgren), who she has a history with.
Also starring in this film are Sean Patrick Flanery and Danny Trejo. So you would assume that this movie has some legs to stand on, but you wouldn’t really be correct, unfortunately.
Acceleration feels like a 85 minute music video, just absolutely littered with lens flare, neon lights, and low budget gun fights with nearly laughable effects. But I will give credit where credit is due, this movie is still interesting to watch, despite bad acting and writing throughout, because it is just pretty damn visually interesting. I must just have a thing for neon lights.
The visuals on this movie, while amateur and riddled with bad effects, are still pretty exciting the watch. If you want to live in a fever dream of neon lights and a leather clad heroine fighting through the city, then I can recommend this film.
The audio quality is on par with the visuals. There is a lot of dramatic (albeit generic), bassy action music mixed in with the gun fights and action driving. The 5.1 channel Master Audio track is fun to listen to.
There are no special features in this release.
Our Recommendation for Adopt a Highway:
I cannot recommend this as a good film, because it just isn’t. But despite the poor acting, I still had a decent time watching it for the neon lighting and the fun little game of spot the lens flare. Otherwise, I would give this one a pass.