Life on the wild side sometimes has its own way in regulating or instigating consciousness awakening on its most devoted disciple. Bobby Delgado, undefeated MMA World Champion (of an ... See full summary »
Life on the wild side sometimes has its own way in regulating or instigating consciousness awakening on its most devoted disciple. Bobby Delgado, undefeated MMA World Champion (of an elusive and clandestine underworld tournament of Mixed Martial Arts) is incarcerated for eight years after accidentally killing his opponent. During this period of purgatory, Bobby experiences a paranormal 'life changing' event that will dictate his future path to redemption. Infuriated by the financial loss and the death of his master fighter, Jarvis Sweet swears vengeance on Delgado and finds himself a new hitter in the form of Wade Bull, a vicious ex underworld enforcer with killing skills few men can match. Sweet and Mafia boss kingpin Sal Civelo, formulate a ruthless and provocative campaign aimed at putting Delgado back into the pit. As pressure builds and danger closes in, Bobby has to concoct a subtle mind game to confront his nemesis in an environment that he can control. What follows is a brutal... Written by
James Richards and Avelino Lescot
During the nine months period of the making of the film, Avelino 'El Rico' Lescot kept is body weight under control by ingesting a special diet from the island of Tahiti mainly composed from 'Poison Cru' (raw fish), taro and rice. Coming straight from El pistolero del diablo where he was 112 kilos he actually lost 18 kilos for the part of 'Bobby Delgado' on Among Dead Men. He also went back to train is flexibility and strength doing extreme stretching, yoga and weight lifting beside is daily 3 hours marathon session of Outrigger Canoe in Open sea. See more »
I've heard rumblings of this film for the past few years as it was shot in and around The Gold Coast and my home town of Brisbane. Was pleased to see that it finally got a release, albeit everywhere else but Australia! Got a copy off Amazon and I would have to say I was quite impressed by what I saw.
The story is pretty simple, former street fighting champ goes to jail for killing an opponent. Upon his release, he wants to go straight, but the powers that be are trying to force him back in the ring.
For a debut film I would have to say I was very impressed with what the filmmakers were able to pull off with what looked like quite a low budget. The piece is tightly edited together with some great camera work, especially in the action pieces. The film moves along very nicely, with enough action to keep everyone pleased. The fight scenes are a plenty,most of them very brutal and frenetic. The film shows of the Gold Coast well, with plenty of exotic locations and exotic woman to keep everyone interested.
The acting on the whole was pretty decent, lead man El Rico plays it well as the ex-fighter just wanting to go straight. The bad guys are very imposing, with main enforcer Wade Bull giving the film some of its most brutal and violent moments.
On the whole, Among Dead Men is definitely worth a watch. There are some plot inconsistencies and love interest does feel forced at some points, but all in all this is a great debut film. With his eye for sharp dialogue and even sharper action scenes, director James Richards may be one to watch. Here's hoping one day it will be available here in Australia!!
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