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“This high-stakes espionage thriller comes loaded with the Hollywood star power of Stephen Dorff (Blade, Cold Creek Manor) and Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mona Lisa) in a pulse-pounding story about the dark side of organized crime! Even after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Russian mafia continues to create havoc in Budapest under the rule of “Godfather” Darius Paskevik (Hoskins). In jumps Mike Varga (Dorff), an undercover FBI operative who works to infiltrate the mob and gain Paskevik’s confidence — but also falls for the Godfather’s young and sexy daughter Katya! With the Russian government and the FBI on his back and his love for Katya caught in the crossfire, Mike’s life is on the line as his loyalties are stretched to the limit!”
Den of Lions is rated R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity.
The cast is mediocre. Stephen Dorff plays Mike Varga, the undercover agent. He’s tough and good looking, but he doesn’t have much else going for him. Dorff was much better in Blade. Bob Hoskins plays yet another villain as Darius Paskevic. Again, he’s been a better bad guy in a lot of other films, most recently in Unleashed. Then there’s Laura Fraser as Katya Paskevic, the love interest in the film. She’s played as a bad girl with a heart of gold, but it’s hard to imagine the daughter of a Russian mobster as someone suddenly developing a conscience. None of the other supporting cast is either memorable or good.
If you think you might be interested in seeing this film, then do yourself a favor don’t. Die hard Bob Hoskins and Stephen Dorff fans might like it, but are there really that many of them out there? People interested in seeing the Budapest setting for the film might like to check it out, but that’s not really that good of a reason to sit through this.