Back in the late part of 2008, I wrote that Kurt Angle was filming a movie with Jenna Morasca called End Game. It was reported that he would be playing a serial killer and I wondered how he would fare as an actor. This film has finally made it to DVD, and lucky for me, it was available through Netflix so I put it in my queue and had it sent to me.
Wrestlers making the transition to the silver screen have been hit or miss in the past. At the high end you have the likes of the Rock, who has had quite a few hits like the Scorpion King and Gridiron Gang. On the other end is Hulk Hogan, who has a couple of his movies – Santa with Muscles and 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain – listed on the IMDB Bottom 100 movies of all time. Judging by this movie, Kurt Angle will follow in Hogan’s footsteps.
I usually like to say a few good things in my reviews, so I guess I will say that I enjoyed the film noir quality that the director went for with the film. I also liked… well, I guess that it was cool that Kurt Angle was in it. That pretty much sums it up for any of the good things that can be said about End Game.
It was pretty apparent from the start that I was going to be in for a long night after having the privilege to see a sex scene involving Angle within the first five minutes. In End Game, Kurt Angle plays a serial killer who is also a master of disguise. He uses these disguises to get closer to his victims before killing them and to allude being caught by police. That last part may or may not be true; the story was pretty shallow and all around bad that I might have just made it up.
One of the only things worse than the story, though, was the acting itself. I mean, I love watching Kurt Angle week in and week out but somehow his natural charisma did not translate into his acting. It could have been because he was working with a bunch of stiffs and it rubbed off on him. I have seen a lot of bad acting in my days, but there was enough wooden acting in End Game to create a national forest.
And with Kurt Angle being the main selling point of the film, you’d think you would at least hear one of his trademark lines, something like “it’s true” or “it’s real” or something. Throw the wrestling fans that had to sit through this movie a bone, would you? But, no, we are only given Kurt Angle, void of any emotion or expression.
For a thriller, End Game provides little suspense, and by little I mean none, and is quite possibly the longest 93 minutes in cinematic history. Kurt Angle is great in front of a live audience and inside of a wrestling ring, but his acting leaves a lot to be desired.
At the very least, TNA did get a little free publicity as Angle wore a Bound for Glory shirt. That scene is about 75 minutes in for those who can actually make it that far, although I’d recommend that you stay far, far, away from this movie.