Our hero finds himself with a dead body in the trunk of his car, a photo of him dragging the corpse, and three thugs, led by fight promoter and fellow ex-con Kliff (James Russo), who blackmail him into getting them through the security devices he built.
Everyone goes through paces with aplomb, and Zane (“Sniper,””Dead Calm”), a standout as the put-upon hero, suggests he’d be a natural for more sophisticated fare. Russo’s electric Kliff role wears thin fast. Sara makes a valiant if vain attempt to make Gina more complex than she is. Droll Coburn, of course, plays it with self-assurance.
Writer Michael Thoma’s plot springs few jolts, though director Hamilton keeps a secure hand on the bank robbery segs, most of which could be ticked off by viewers. The blood quotient is high enough for cable’s demands. Dull shoulders-and-sheets sequences drone on.
Production looks smart, tech credits and location filming are top-flight. Designer Richard Reynolds uses a downtown L.A. Bank of America and the former L.A. Herald Examiner building as rich locales for the frenetic action. Conrad Pope’s fresh score furnishes some tension.