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ohh where to begin????this film has poor fight scenes,the look like they were choreographed by a 5 year old. the acting is terrible, the cast look like they are plucked straight from the street and they act like it. on the plus side though the main character puts this funny batman accent on (think Christian bale meets keanu reeves high on speed.)the film looks cheap, it has an unbelievable storyline which defines logic in some places. and these are all the good points. rubbish film, waste of 90 minutes. if you want to see a good prison fighting film, watch undisputed 1,2 or 3 (2 is my favourite) this film is a rip off of all 3 of these films, and a poor 1 at that.
Well, I have a fondness for b movies however this is likely the worst
movie I have seen ... possibly ever. The acting is sub par even for a
"Tap Out" movie with the best acting job being done by Kimbo... and
that was mostly grunts and swears. Tony Schiena's acting is... well I
don't know if you can really call it acting. Tack on a pointless and
rather cheap looking sex scene and it's a recipe for a failed and
By the way, I noted that IMDb has a bio on Tony, and after a bit of checking, I have concluded that it's mostly (if not entirely) fictitious.
He claims to be a world champion Karateka, but doesn't include what organization, style or any other details. The bio is done by some company in England that I am pretty sure is his own as they have not reviewed anyone else on IMDb. He's got videos on You Tube titled "World Champion" consisting of a few seconds of blurry action in some sort of local karate tournament, with rave reviews by people that I can only assume are himself. All in all... really cheap.
Which brings me to the last point. Action. All the fighting looks like it's done by drunk bears. Repetitive screaming and waving your arms around is not martial arts.
On the other hand... if you really like bad movies, this is likely the worst, so it's got that going for it.
After a drug sting operation goes bad with the death of 2 cops and the
accidental death of the dealer, the cop who pretended to be a buyer in
the sting is arrested some time later at his home where a search turns
up money and drugs in the mattress of his bed. It is insinuated that he
deliberately killed the dealer and his ass is sent to a prison where a
criminal he sent away years before is running a "cage fighting"
operation in the basement (Well, where else they gonna hold it?). At
some point in the course of his stay, it is impressed on him by said
criminal that he has to participate in the fights and "no" was not an
While this movie is a cliché of the genre (guy in prison fights to survive in illegal prison matches), it isn't unoriginality that necessarily spoils it because even original ideas can be executed badly. By the same token, old ideas can be done well. If you like clear, methodical, workman-like exchanges in your fight scenes you might not be happy with the "music video-editing-and-effects-type" of fighting employed here. Mind you, I think the music in this movie is good, and I like music videos --BUT-- this was a bit much. The whole film in retrospect seemed to me like one very long music video even though there were actually scenes without music. I wonder why?
Further, because of the way certain things were thoughtlessly thrown into this movie it seems to me that the people who made it were being exploitive and were probably using a formula directed at the younger crowd: hard rock and rap, visual effects (lots of slow mo & fast mo), and a little T&A thrown into the mix for good measure. So. Music, ass-whippings, and ass. A formula for success, no? "Not necessarily" is what this movie proves.
Instead of loud music, video editing and effects, the fight scenes should have been bare and workman-like; just 2 guys in a cage, mano a mano, showing their technique and the size of their balls with the only sound coming from their contacts and the crowd watching. This, by itself, with the same tired story-line would have been a great improvement. That said, the movie is not "worthless". It can provide "light entertainment" for the individual who just wants to kickback and not think too much. As well, if you can't get enough of music videos and don't mind your movie essentially turning into one, you could get something from this.
The guy wrongly convicted
The sadistic guard
The clueless or corrupt warden
The prison bully
The helpful cell-mate
The mess hall encounter
The showdown at the end
Can anyone put the list above to music? It should be a song by now. Love, Boloxxxi.
There are just to many newbie's to the acting field in this movie. You
can tell who is new by noticing the ones who absolutely can't act. The
story seems more of a remake of Undisputed 2; and not a very good one.
If you have seen Undisputed 2 you have seen this movie as well.
Undisputed 2 is much better.
The acting is just bad... The speech is not smooth, it is as if they are still reading their lines, the fight scenes for the most part are not fluid and hugely tell tell signs of choreograph; I don't even know why they even both to pull punches any decent fighter can see it moving in slow motion with plenty of time to counter.
Don't bother to watch this movie if only for your favorite MMA fighter, they just have a short intro cameo.
basically it is a CRAPPY version of undisputed 2.
In the 80s this might have worked more than fine. But having a lead
that does not have the charisma to carry the movie on his shoulder,
throwaway female roles (Bai Ling reduced to almost nothing and therefor
criminally underused, no pun intended) and other stuff that does not
add to make this movie any better.
The fight scenes overall are decent, but not as spectacular as others in similar movies I've seen. And that is a "neck" breaker, because you don't expect much in the story department, but there should be something in the action department. While there are worse movies out there, there are better. Even Vinnie Jones has done better roles and movies ...
When viewed in the correct context this low budget (est. $1.6mn) action
film achieves it's objective in providing the audience with mindless
entertainment whilst showcasing great martial arts sequences.
Yes more of the budget could have been allocated towards enhancing the production value but ultimately this hits all the key notes of an 80's formula martial arts film......a simple story that creates the backdrop from which to thread together the escalating fight sequences which attract viewers to this genre.
If you're looking for a serious action film in the frame of "Bourne Identity" or even "The Expendables" then this isn't for you........if however you're in the mood for cheap thrills and casual amusement then this could be a ride worth taking.
Vinnie Jones continues to deliver his trademark edgy persona as Tony Schiena uses the platform to showcase his potential to grow into a genuine Action Star in the guise of Viggo Mortensen.
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MINOR SPOILERS ONLY I clicked the box just in case to avoid any
troubles. The spoilers is mainly about Kimbo's Role... Really he is
basically just some prison fighting thug in ANOTHER PRISON, yeah you
readed right, and he is there basically just to show the main bad guy
run his "activities" in many prisons. He is the "king" of the prison
over there, do one fight, and except 30 secs of screen time outside
that fight, thats about it. From the cover i was expecting him to be
the big baddie enforcer(and final fight) of the movie, especially since
he got the face for it.
Then you don't even have one single picture of the hero on the cover... not even on the back cover... LOL. As a fighter he was OK, but his acting was indeed not really good, even if he has that deep voice. I saw worst but saw way better. Vinnie Jones is believable in the role of the big bad, he do an OK job. As for the MMA fighters... there basically cannon fodder... Anyway lets say the plot is super classic, yet correct, the fights are decent yet they could had been way better... add some TnA scenes for the young Males, and you have a fighting movie in the "tournament style" that i would call decent yet not impressive.
Not in content but in terms of maturity and plot this film is
generified to the point you could have seen this movie without actually
having seen it.
In short third generation cop gets set up, locked up with the criminals he's put behind bars, corrupt warden, sadistic CO, slutty CO, the entire prison is run by a convict, cop is forced to join an underground fight club. He quickly rises and defeats any challenger in his way (let me get this straight white cop who's main weapon of defense is a gun is able to best prisoners who have nothing to do with their lives besides fight and workout only DAYS after getting shanked) until he inevitably confronts the man who set him up. He also meets a long haired martial arts master who helps him to overcome his challenge.
This film features plenty of sex, violence, and no plot. Within the first ten minutes there's gratuitous nudity and a sex scene that's probably aimed at the films likely underage immature audience.
Lots of profanity that (having grown up in the most profane of environments) I've never heard used before. The protagonist (who oddly enough doesn't appear next to the big names on the film's poster) spends the entire film trying different accents and tones of voices to sound like a badass grizzly bear.
In short what this film lacks in acting, plot, making sense, originality it makes up for in violence and sex. It's like a two hour porno with great production values. Wouldn't recommend to anybody.
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Tony Schiena stars as a tough martial arts-fighting undercover cop
framed for drug possession and sent to Blackwater Penitentiary, Chicago
(cheap, unconvincing sets), where most of the musclebound crooks he
sent down lay in wait for him. He's forced to fight to the death in
illegal cage fights run by kingpin inmate Vinnie Jones. The cast
includes several MMA fighters: Joe Doerksen, Forrest Griffin, Rashad
Evans, Cheick Kongo and big Kimbo Slice. But even the action is boring.
Bai Ling is utterly wasted as a sadistic guard with a silly haircut.
Total dtv sludge.
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
As if stolen from the garbage can of an "Undisputed" scriptwriter, the
movie tells a story of an undercover cop Danny (Tony Schiena) framed
for drug smuggling, money laundering and murder. Put into prison with
criminals he helped place in the slammer he is destined to confront
dog-haters. In order to save himself from being back-stabbed under the
shower Danny agrees to join up for underground prison cage fights
organised by Anton Vargas (Vinnie Jones). The decision keeps him safe
from harm. That it until the night of the fights to the death...
Given how tragically unoriginal script all that the movie could offer was a good execution of the beat down script. However in order to pull this off you would need to arrange a cast and crew, which isn't borderline dull. Tony Schiena, even though he can pull off a tough-as-nails face, is absolutely appalling with his line delivery and lacks any acting range whatsoever apart from punching peoples guts out. Most of the supporting cast is equally dreadful with only Dave Fennoy, who very amiably plays Danny Irving's mentor, and Vinnie Jones (being his normal rat-faced self) pulling off a decent showing.
The unoriginal script also does itself no favours with some absolutely gut-wrenching logic epitomised by a dreadful end-scene, where Gwen, an uncorrupted Internal Affairs officer, gleefully watches Danny give a stash of stolen cash to the family of a convict. Given the absolutely basic nature of the story the amount of plot holes galore is absolutely astounding.
In a sheer attempt to overawe sensory receptors of the male audience in order to hide all the above deficiencies, the director overloads the movie with loud music (mostly in-your-face nu-metal or hip-hop), gratuitous sex scenes and some brutal fights. The fights themselves, which actually are key given the nature of the film, are decent enough, although they lack proper build-up and necessary drama to really involve. On top of that these sequences are woefully painful to watch from a cinematographic point of view due to the sheer amount of slow-motion shots.
All in all: Not a good movie. Not even in its testosterone driven B-movie action category.
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