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Detonator is 2003 Direct-To-DVD film about a former FBI agent stopping a domestic terrorist in Los Angeles.

The film is notably rare. No trailer is available on YouTube nor does it have a Wikipedia article. However, it does have an IMDB page, which is the only source of information for this movie.


Detonator provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Jane Dryer
  • Asshole Victim: Brickland when he is captured by Steve Kirwin. It's hard to feel sorry for him because he was an asshole to Beau.
  • Bare Your Midriff: FBI agent Jane Dryer sports an outfit that shows part of her midriff. This is a no-no for government agencies.
  • Badass Boast: James Grimes, wounded and held at gunpoint, claims the "feds never get things right" before dying of his wounds inflicted by Beau. It turns out he was right after all since it is revealed who was behind the bombings occurring around Los Angeles.
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  • Big Bad: Steve Kirwin, or at least up until the end of the movie.
  • Bigger Bad / Corrupt Bureaucrat/ Hidden Villain: In the end, Robert Brickland is exposed as the main antagonist of the film for he orchestrated the events to further his career in the FBI
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: The FBI is the friendly force in this movie as they lead the investigation on several bombings in Los Angeles and its perpetuator.
  • Dark Action Girl: When the FBI raid a suspected house, they encounter a woman who fires at and wounds Beau (acting as a Mole) when the FBI's cover was blown. She is later apprehended.
  • The Dragon: James Grimes. He is mistaken as the domestic terrorist behind the LA bombings when in fact Steve Kerwin is the perpetuator and Robert Brickland is the mastermind behind everything.
  • Friendly Sniper: An FBI sniper provides fire support to the team when they raid a house.
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  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The villain does this to the FBI Director when he was tied to a chair. Beau manages to catch up with villain and land a few blows at him, but he ultimately overpowers Beau himself.
  • No-Sell: When the FBI raids James Grime's hideout, they go full frontal charge. As a result, four FBI agents are killed. And these are highly, trained professional agents clad in body armor against a group of criminals.
  • Post-9/11 Terrorism Movie: This movie was released in 2003 and has many references to terrorism, just not September 11th. However, it is more of a crime movie.
  • Precision F-Strike: After being prosecuted by the agents and when it came time for Brickland to be arrested, he remarked “STFU” to Beau to spare him the usual reading of his "rights."
  • The Reveal: Robert Brickland, the nominee for the Director of Domestic Security, is revealed by Beau and Jane to be the perpetuator of the Los Angeles bombings that was to further his careen in the FBI when the he was in front of several FBI agents in a post-investigation conference.
  • Russia Is Western: The film's climax takes place in a friendly U.S. vs Russia hockey match in Los Angeles. In fact, there are some slight references to the Cold War and how sports enables both countries to cement their friendship.
  • Shout-Out: To Collateral Damage. This film was released a year after Collateral Damage and involves a plot of terrorist attacks in Los Angeles.
  • Stock Footage: This movie uses stock footage from End of Days and The Glimmer Man for explosion scenes.
    • The overhead shots of the arena, the arena scenes, and parking lot explosions was taken from Jean-Claude Van Damme's Sudden Death.
  • Villain Has a Point: Steve Kirwin, the mentally unstable madman, is angry at the police and the Feds because he wants them to answer for their misuse among vague happenings occurring around Los Angeles.
  • Western Terrorists: Rather, a domestic terrorist.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kirwin felt he had to unleash his psychotic nature upon Los Angeles due to the controversial acts the LAPD and the FBI did during many "vague" and "mysterious" happenings throughout the city.

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