Ambushed charts the dark, seductive underbelly of Los Angeles, told from the point of view of two of its seedier denizens, mid-level drug pushers Eddie (Gianni Capaldi) and Frank (Daniel Bonjour). They want a chance to hit the big time. Unfortunately, they decide to achieve their goal by ripping off their middleman in a murderous bid for greatness, setting off a dangerous chain of events involving a ruthless crime boss, a dirty cop and the Federal agent chasing them all.
Ambushed (also released as Hard Rush) is an action-thriller film directed by Giorgio Serafini, written by Agustin, and starring Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Randy Couture, Gianni Capaldi, and Daniel Bonjour. Lundgren, Jones, and Capaldi would go on to work with Serafini in Puncture Wounds and Blood of Redemption.
About the Story
Mid-level drug dealers Eddie and Frank grow restless with their limited growth potential and set up a meeting with their supplier, Madsen. Instead of negotiating, Frank impulsively murders Madsen and takes his cocaine. Eddie’s excitement quickly turns to apprehension when he hears about Madsen’s death, but Frank talks him into bluffing their way back into drug lord Vincent Camastra’s good graces.
At the same time, dirty cop Jack Reiley investigates the murder and is annoyed when DEA agent Maxwell takes over the investigation. As Frank attempts to save his relationship with his naive girlfriend, Ashley, Reiley violently bullies his informants for information, and Camastra sends assassins to kill Eddie. After Eddie engages in a brief gunfight with the assassins, Camastra himself beats Eddie unconscious. Ashley, who has become suspicious of Frank’s secretive lifestyle, is shocked when Kathy and Beverly, Eddie’s friends, interrupt them to explain that Camastra has kidnapped Eddie.
Beverly, an undercover DEA agent, is in a relationship with Maxwell, who is concerned that she has gone too deep. However, she protests when he requests that she abandon the case. Beverly and Maxwell expand their investigation to include Reiley, but they are forbidden from taking action until they can also get Camastra. Frustrated, they bide their time until Camastra makes his move. Frank visits Camastra, and Eddie successfully buys them two days time to pay Camastra back.
At the nightclub Frank owns, Reiley attempts to blackmail him, only to be shot in his hand and left on the side of the road. Unable to explain his predicament, Reiley is put on unpaid leave and learns that Internal Affairs is preparing a case against him. Forced to abandon his plans to retire comfortably, Reiley becomes even more unstable and kidnaps Ashley. He breaks into Eddie’s apartment, takes Kathy and Beverly hostage, and waits for Frank and Eddie to return.
Directed by: Giorgio Serafini
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Randy Couture, Gianni Capaldi, Carly Pope, Susie Abromeit, Cinthya Bornacelli
Screenplay by: Agustin
Production Design by: F. Joseph Burns
Cinematography by: Marco Cappetta
Film Editing by: Scott Evans
Costume Design by: Samantha Kuester
Set Decoration by: Allison Schenker
Music by: Brian Jackson Harris, Justin Raines, Michael Wickstrom
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality / nudity and drug content.
Studio: Anchor Bay Films
Release Date: November 12, 2013