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I like Michael Pare. He's a great looking guy with decent acting chops, and enough on screen presence as a leading man. As his career moved through the nineties though, Pare seemed to fall into the B- movie market, taking a seat in the hit-or-miss roller-coaster in a huge number of dramas, horrors and action flicks, including lately, most of Marmite director Uwe Boll's projects!
Throughout his career though, there has been a number of gems that highlight the very best of this fan favourite. Merchant Of Death is one of those...
In a nutshell - With a cigar chomping performance from star Michael Pare, we are given a great mix of Hannibal from the A-Team and Chow Yun Fat's awesome Tequila from Hardboiled, in a mish mash of crazy action scenes and heavy drama that looks like its stepped right out of Hong Kong cinemas golden years!
In my opinion - While far from perfect, and apparently containing a host of shots cut in from the directors previous projects (although not confirmed), Merchant Of Death is a messy film, packed full of action scenes, dramatic moments and characters that come and go as they please... Much like that of cult Hong Kong classics. On the positive side, this allows us to having a glorious action packed, explosive and stunt filled opening that rivals most Hollywood features closing ten minutes and look like John Woo crept on set for the day!
If anything, it is the second third of the film that throws you off after hooking you in with said introduction. Playing as a heavy drama, things slow down for some time leaving you slightly bored and reaching for the remote. But if you get through that, you are once again hooked with an action packed end battle that saves this little gem from becoming just another typical Hollywood film.
Worth the watch, but leave your brain at the door!
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