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Having returned from a tour of duty overseas, John (Cung Le) has been diagnosed with PTSD which has left him struggling to talk to his family whilst also struggling to hold down a job. When one night he comes to the rescue of a woman, Tanya (Briana Evigan), who is being harassed on the street by three men he ends up killing two and putting the third in hospital. It opens up a whole can of trouble as Tanya is a hooker who works for a crime lord called Hollis (Dolph Lundgren) as did the three men and now Hollis and his men lead by the sadistic Bennett (Vinnie Jones) are going after John and his family.
Many years ago I went through a period where if an action movie was cheap I would buy it and as I watched "Puncture Wounds" it reminded me of that time as well as the box of action videos stuck up in the loft which haven't seen the light of day in well over a decade. The thing is that if I had spotted "Puncture Wounds" in a bargain bin back in the day I would have got it, watched it and undoubtedly enjoyed it because it delivers exactly what you expect from a low budget action movie which is simple characters and lots of action combined with lots of blood as well as some nudity.
With that in mind the storyline to "Puncture Wounds" is as simple as it sounds with this storyline of a former soldier ending up going after a crime lord who in a bout of tit for tat killed his family. That is it and that is all which is needed because this movie was only ever about one thing and that is action. As such whilst "Puncture Wounds" has some familiar names including Lundgren, Jones and Evigan none of their characters are more than stereotypical which is exactly what is called for.
As for the action, well Cung Le certainly has some moves but they don't come across as fantastic and in truth the amount of styling which directors Giorgio Serafini and James Coyne place on the action scenes ends up interfering with things especially when it comes to the flow of the action.
What this all boils down to is that "Puncture Wounds" is the sort of movie which is made for those who are currently enjoying an action movie fix and who are yet to experience some of the better action movies. As such it isn't a very good movie and certainly not one of Lundgren's best but for those just wanting action it is passable.