Movie Kumite: High Voltage vs. Steal
Both of these movies deal with a group of thieves who are the lesser of two evils, making them anti-heroes in the process.
In Steal, Slim (Stephen Dorff) and his crew are known for pulling off some elaborate, high dollar heists using the skills they developed playing extreme sports. Meanwhile in High Voltage, Johnny Clay (Antonio Sabato Jr) and his crew are knocking off liquor stores and their one attempt at a bigger score ends up being a huge failure as they target a bank that is a front for a Vietnamese gang.
Money talks… so this one goes to Steal.
HIGH VOLTAGE – 0 STEAL – 1
One important quality of being an effective leader is earning the trust of your team. One way to do that is to follow up on your promises.
Slim is kind of shady, so I’m not sure how much his team really trusted him. Plus he spends a portion of the movie sneaking around with Karen (Natasha Henstridge).
Johnny Clay on the other hand promised Molly (Amy Smart) that she’d get to marry the love of her life, Sam. He keeps this promise even AFTER Sam dies!
Now you may be asking yourself, shouldn’t Johnny Clay be penalized for losing a member of his team? Yes, but Slim loses a member of his team too, so they cancel each other out.
HIGH VOLTAGE – 1 STEAL – 1
Ordinarily 2 would be better than 1. High Voltage features Amy Smart and Shannon Lee… but Steal features the very hot Natasha Henstridge. She is a favorite among the Bulletproof Action readers as every week we still have action fans from around the world who find our site by searching for Natasha’s character name from Maximum Risk, Alex Bohemia. Nobody has ever wandered to our site looking for Amy Smart or Shannon Lee, so this one goes to Steal!
HIGH VOLTAGE -1 STEAL – 2
As I established in the first Movie Kumite, movies will be penalized for having an alternate title. And while High Voltage is only known as High Voltage, Steal is also known as Riders. You don’t violate one of my pet peeves and expect me to turn a blind eye… Steal loses a point and we are all tied up again.
HIGH VOLTAGE – 1 STEAL – 1
THE SUPPORTING CAST
One area where High Voltage really dominates the competition is with its supporting cast. Steal does have Steven Berkoff from Rambo: First Blood Part II and Bruce Payne from Passenger 57. But High Voltage has an ace in the hole with William Zabka of Karate Kid fame. Plus, small roles for James Lew and Donald Gibb. And just for fun, Antonio Sabato Sr. is in the film with his son.
HIGH VOLTAGE – 2 STEAL – 1
We can’t declare a victor until we get some outside opinions and I once again will consult two of the more notable movie websites, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.
High Voltage has an IMDB rating of 4.2. Steal has an IMDB rating of 5.5.
Rotten Tomatoes also favored Steal over High Voltage. Steal had a 34% approval rating, while High Voltage only had a 13% approval rating.
As I mentioned in my review of High Voltage, I think the whole corpse wedding turned a lot of people off and contributed to the low ratings.
But the critics have spoken, and while Stephen Dorff and Steal didn’t exactly smoke the competition (like an e-cigarette), a win is a win!
FINAL SCORE: HIGH VOLTAGE -2 STEAL – 3