The film was premiered at the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival on July 18, 2009. Filming took place between August and September 2008 in Sofia, Bulgaria and Moscow, Russia.
Dolph Lundgren wanted to use his drumming skills on screen, and the story was inspired by a concert Madonna did for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The movie marks Ida Lundgren's (Dolph's daughter) screen début.
In August 1991, there was an attempted coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev by ex-communist military hard-liners. The coup failed, and all members of it were arrested; from the ashes of the old Soviet Union, the modern Russian Federation was born.
Russian President Alexei Petrov (Hristo Shopov) has asked for pop sensation Venus (Melissa Smith) to perform a concert in Moscow, because his daughters Anna (Ida Lundgren) and Yana (Robin Dobson) are fans of Venus.
The concert turns bloody when armed men led by Oleg Kazov (Dave Legeno) take the concert hostage. It seems that Oleg has a personal vendetta against Petrov.
Former biker gang member Joe (Dolph Lundgren), the drummer of CMF, the opening rock band, starts fighting back. As it turns out, back in the USA, when Joe was still in the biker gang, some Colombians who wanted to collect a debt went to the apartment that Joe and his brother lived in.
The Colombians fatally shot Joe's brother. Joe hunted the group of Colombians down and killed them, and ever since then, Joe has tried to stay away from guns, because guns remind him of what the group of Colombians did.
Now, basically most of the civilians and staff, including Venus's brother Enzo (Atanas Srebrev), who was her manager, are killed by Oleg's men, all except Joe, Venus, reporter Ali Connor (Shelly Varod), American Ambassador Jim Bradley (Clement von Franckenstein), FSB agent Mikhail Kapista (Zachary Baharov), President Petrov, and his two daughters.
As it turns out, Oleg's father was Marshal Dmitri Kazov, a WWII hero in Stalingrad, and former Soviet Minister of Defence. Dmitri was a leader of the failed coup against Gorbachev in 1991. Oleg was part of the coup as well.
After Dmitri killed Oleg's mother and then himself, that was when Oleg, a captain in the Russian army, immigrated to the USA, where he got arrested for some petty crimes. Oleg returned to Russia three weeks ago.
The prosecutor of Marshal Dmitri Kazov, Oleg, and other coup members in 1991 was a young Alexei Petrov, before he became the president of Russia. Now Oleg wants revenge on Petrov, because he believes that the special forces raid on the Kazov house that led Dmitri to kill Oleg's mother and then himself was Petrov's fault. Petrov, who ordered the raid, had followed the troops into the Kazov house.
Now, Joe and Mikhail make their way through the arena, trying to bring down Oleg and his men.Dolph Lundgren as Joe
Melissa Smith as Venus
Hristo Shopov as President Alexei Petrov
Dave Legeno as Oleg Kazov
Clement von Franckenstein as Ambassador Jim Bradley
James Chalke as Vladimir
Zahary Baharov as Agent Mikhail Kapista
Ivaylo Geraskov as Leonid Gordov
Shelly Varod as Ali Connor
Katarzyna Wolejnio as Maj. Pavlikova
Ida Lundgren as Anna Petrova
Robin Dobson as Yana Petrova
Raicho Vasilev as Anton
Slavi Slavov as Capt. Simenov
Naum Shopov as Peter
Atanas Srebrev as Enzo
Vladimir Kolev as Nikolai
Harry Anichkin as Gen. Voroshilov
Nikolai Iliev as Aide
Anna Kulinova as Bartender
Darin Angelov as Cameraman
Dejan Kamenov as Vasily
Rene Shindarov as Young Oleg Kazov
Nadejda Ivanova as Pretty Woman
Nikolai Stanoev as Ali Soundman
Yulian Vergov as Command Aide
Velislav Pavlov as Merc # 1
Pasha as CIA Suit # 1
Mark Coolidge Johnson as Suit # 2
Les Weldon as Suit # 3
Ivaylo Spasimirov as Young Alexei Petrov
Unknown actor as Marshal Dmitri Kazov (uncredited)
This movie features the songs "Breakdown" and "Girl" ("6" on the album version) from the band D2, Lost In Love from Melissa Smith, "Ne Gasite Svechu / Keep The Candle Burning" from Andrey Kovalev and "September Rain" from Irson Kudikova.