low budget martial arts/sci-fi with a nice preachy twist
ballet_man from United States
18 October 2005
This movie was fun to watch for personal reasons. For one, my taekwondo
teacher plays an extra and it was a kick to see him beaten so easily in
the movie. For such a low budget film it was surprisingly well done.
And while I found much of the fight choreography a bit contrived, there
are still quite a few innovative stand-up sequences to be seen,
featuring some of the biggest names in the Utah martial arts community
in various styles including taekwondo, capoeira, muay thai, karate and
The story revolves around former kickboxer Logan Despain, a bitter
young man, paralyzed from the waist down. After trying out a virtual
reality type fighting game, Logan finds himself pitted against an
onslaught of kung-fu brawlers including "the collectors" themselves.
(think about a cross between Agent Smith from "the Matrix" and Vin
Diesel times two)
While the movie is consistently action packed, it takes a number of
well placed time outs (in the form of flashbacks) to tell a heartfelt
story with a moral. Aside from stylized martial arts violence, there is
virtually no offensive material to be found in the film. The DVD
includes commentaries, out-takes and promos for various martial arts
schools. Like I said, it's low budget and laughable at times, but it
was fun to watch and never boring.
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