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Close Range (2015)
Craving Some Adkins Action? Watch Close Range !
Close Range is the latest featuring action star Scott Adkins and as a fan of his films and other bone breaking martial arts action films, I was entertained. An action movie in many ways is as good as it's star, Adkins further proves he is one of the top actors in the genre today by delivering on what he does best - kick ass. Close range contains solid action from beginning to end with a solid opening fight sequence, plenty of bloody gun play throughout and a climax with hard hitting hand-to-hand combat that will definitely please fans of such films.The main character also has a bad ass name like any true action hero should - Colt Macready. The movie is not without it's flaws though, acting certainly isn't the strength of the movie and neither is the story. Overall, a good direct to VOD action film and I look forward to more from Scott Adkins including Undisputed IV and Hard Target II. If your someone who wants a fast paced, pure action film served rated R, done with no CGI and real stunts, your thirst for some real action will be satisfied.
6-6.5 / 10
Welcome A New Action Star To The Club - Marko Zaror !
Action fans may remember Marko Zaror from "Undisputed III" . If you loved that movie and other great martial arts action films of the recent past like "The Raid" or "Ninja II", you will definitely enjoy "Redeemer". Marko Zaror further proves how underrated of an action star he really is in this solid B-movie which features wall-to-wall action packed, violent fights from start to finish that will have you saying holy sh*t at least once. The action and fights are inventive and feel fresh, gritty and realistic compared to most PG-13, shaky cam and CGI bloated action films that come out of Hollywood. Fans know that in these types of low budget B movies, story/character typically come secondary. surprisingly enough, the story is engaging and plays out like a classic western. The character is also given a little more depth and back story than you'd typically expect. This is one of the best and at the same time least known action movies you will see all year. Fans of such modern action stars like Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. Welcome Marko Zaror to the club as he proves he can kick some serious ass. Overall, for the real action fans out there, your faith in modern action movies just may be redeemed after watching this !
Skin Trade (2014)
Negotiation Is Over !!!
Expectations are admittedly low for many direct to DVD action titles to star many of the former action heroes from the 80's/90's like Steven Seagal, JCVD and Dolph Lundgren. Skin Trade proves to be one of Dolph's best films to have come out in years and a gem amongst the many B action films you can find at your local Wal Mart bin. Although Dolph kicks ass in the film, the main reason to watch is Tony Jaa. It's good to see him back in action in something worth watching after the atrocious Protector 2 and Ong Bak 3. His Acting is surprisingly good and he gets a fair amount of dialogue to practice his English skills and crack one liners. I hope to see him in many more movies like this in the future. Another surprise is the supporting cast of the film. Michael Jai White , Peter Weller and Ron Perlman definitely elevate the film above the typical mediocre status these movies have. Although the story is a bit cliché and familiar, what group of people deserve there comeuppance in an action film more than human traffickers. The movie definitely provides on the hard hitting bloody action that fans will expect. The intense fight sequences pack a solid adrenaline rush. Overall, exceeded my expectations and is a movie that action buffs will enjoy .
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)
Best Watched Under The Influence
After watching this movie, it only confirms what I already believe, and thats critics don't know what the f*ck there talking about most of the time. I was a bit put off by all the bad reviews, but I am glad I gave it a watch because this was frickin hilarious! Sure the plot doesn't make sense or it doesn't have John Cusack, but who gives a f*ck! you get more of Craig Robinson, Rob Courddry and Clark Duke, who let's be honest provided most of the laughs from the original. Sure it's more crude and it may not appeal to all those artsy fartsy critics who are whining about the movie not being PC, but if you want a good stoner movie to watch with the guys and enjoy something without taking it too seriously, watch it! I think it is on par with the first and has been unfairly judged. Compared to most comedy sequels, that always do the same thing as the first (hangover sequels), at least this went in a completely over the top direction that was more like a bunch of comedy skits than an actual movie. Overall, I thought it was hilarious and a definite guilty pleasure. Sure it won't appeal to everyone, and its not supposed too. Obviously for a movie like this you don't expect much just a lot of laughs and this is definitely a goofy stoner comedy best enjoyed under the influence.
Run All Night (2015)
"Run All Night" Delivers As A Quality Adult Action Film
Liam Neeson's unexpected turn as a modern day action star has delivered some hit's and misses in the last several years. This certainly ranks as a hit and one of his better action films. His recent films pack more than action and tend to be much more dramatic and serious in tone. If you disliked the PG-13 Taken sequels and liked the R rated adult fare like The Grey or A Walk Among The Tombstones, you will enjoy this. Firstly, the movie has a compelling story that makes for an entertaining thrill ride. It provides on the action with some bloody gunfights, car chases and brutal fights. The actors involved actually make you care about the characters. Liam Neeson stands out as always, he makes you root for him even though his character has done awful things in the past. You want to see Jimmy "The Gravedigger" Conlon redeem himself and gun through the streets of NYC, kicking ass and delivering Bronson style justice to the bad guys! The supporting cast is great as well, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnamen even Common as the rival Hit-man all provide great performances. Overall, one of the better Liam Neeson action films to have come out in the last several years. Overall, it packs the action as well as the drama and character development. If you want a thrilling popcorn film to keep you entertained for a couple of hours at the cinema or at home, check it out.
The Mechanic (2011)
This Is One Of Stathams Best Action Films
The Mechanic may not have the critical praise or box office $ as movies like "Snatch", Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" "The Expendables"and the upcoming "Fast 7". But there is one thing it does rank as and that's one of his best pure, balls to the wall action films to date. In the last decade, Statham has consistently delivered hard hitting B Action films and if your a fan of the old school, 80's/90's R rated action, the mechanic is a must watch. For a brisk 90 mins, it manages to provide on some no holds barred, brutal and bloody action. It will remind you of the days when they made more adult oriented action without all that CGI and PG 13 but more fight choreography and realistic stunts and action. I think this is one of the most underrated and one of the better action movies within the last decade.Overall, this is a movie worth watching more than once and if your a fan of action and haven't seen this and your looking for a quick 90 min movie to entertain you without thinking too much, this is highly recommended.
Wild Card (2015)
Average and Soon to be Forgotten Statham Movie
It had been over a year since Jason Statham released a solo film. Which feels like a long time considering he comes out with about 5 films a year. Being a fan of his films, I was looking forward to sitting back on a Friday night and enjoying watching Statham do what he does best and thats kick ass. I was disappointed because the movie didn't really deliver on what I had expected. I do like his non pure action films like Snatch, Lock Stock, Bank Job, Redemption, but this film doesn't have anything to stand out in terms of story or action. The cast also looked promising and acting from Statham isn't bad either but doesn't save it from being just plain old boring and average. Overall,ranks as one of his average/mediocre movies like Chaos and Killer Elite. although the first half of the movie has promise and admitingly has some good fight scenes. It falls off by the middle and by the end doesn't hold your interest and isn't a satisfying action film or drama. If your a fan of his films and are looking for action, you'd be better off watching Safe, Expendables I/II, Transporter,Crank Homefront or many of his other better movies.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Don't Expect A Movie Like Taken
Upon first hearing of this film, I like many thought it would be a fast paced and action packed film. Unexpectedly, this movie is more like the late 90's thriller 8mm in terms of story and tone than it is some of Liam's recent films. The film much like 8mm, is a dark, tense and gripping thriller with more dramatic elements than action. Liam Neeson may seem like he is being typecast as of late, playing these burnt out, reluctant hero type characters with emotional baggage like alcoholism or family problems.These roles seem to resonate with many and he plays them with such ease and great acting ability that he is an ideal fit for these roles. Although Liam carries the film on his back, he is backed by a good supporting cast and characters. Particularly, the villainous duo who play they're roles as sadistic, creepy murderers very convincingly. Another standout supporting role comes from Liam's sidekick in the film, TJ. Both characters had good on screen chemistry and adds more to the movie and the character of Matt Scudder. The director does a great job building a creepy, tense and dark atmosphere which leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat as they build to a nail biting climax. Overall, don't expect an action packed movie. Expect a more slow, dramatic thriller that plays like a detective/mystery novel and show's Liam Neeson is an actor first and an action star second.
Die Fighting (2014)
Dear, Martial Arts Action Fans - Watch This
For all the direct to DVD action movies that usually hit the bargain bin their are a few hidden gems among them. Die Fighting would definitely rank up their as one of the better titles that are a part of the genre. Fabien Garcia is definitely a name to look out for in the future for the genre. The movie provides on a wall-to-wall succession of impressively shot and choreographed fight sequences that are sure to provide thrills. Of course the acting may not be the greatest, but the main actors do perform their own stunts and combat sequences which surely earn them respect for action fans. The story may remind you of another solid martial arts action movie BKO: Bangkok Knockout, but they do add a twist in their to make it more unique and fact that the story and characters pretty much mirror the real life of the actors makes it more interesting to watch. Overall, a must watch for fans of movies like Undisputed II and III, Ninja II and other Direct to DVD/video action titles. If your one of those guys who enjoys these types of films, than sit back and enjoy the action and don't think too much.
John Wick (2014)
One Of The Best Pure Action Films Of This Era !!
When I had first heard of John Wick, I didn't think much of it. Just thought it was another forgettable movie that will join the bargain bin in a few months. But after viewing the trailer, and hearing some of the reviews, I thought I should check it out and see whether the reviews and hype was genuine. I will say as a fan of action films this provided some solid adrenaline and non-stop action. Now in order to have such glorious and justifiable violence in a film, the main character needs to have motivation and something really bad happen to them. What would make a man more angry than having his prized car stolen and a dog given to him by his dead wife killed by ruthless gangsters! Enter John Wick and let the hell fire begin as he mows them down in a glorious rain of bullets and explosions. If there's an action film this year you can mention in the same breath as The Raid 2 it is John Wick (Sorry Expendables 3). It is definitely one of the more stylish, fun and original action movies I've seen in a while and reminded me of such classics as Equilibrium or the hyper-violent Hong Kong films like Hard Boiled or The Killer. Asides from the action, it has a solid supporting cast and I know Keanu may not be the best actor, but he has certainly improved from the old days and does a great job in this movie. Willem Dafoe is great as always and Adrianne Palicki also does great in her role. The directors did a great job staging and shooting the scenes and providing a solid environment for it to take place in. Overall, a solid and fun action packed film that will surely satisfy your blood lust for some Hard R action. This is definitely one of the best of 2014, up there with The Equalizer and The Raid 2. This movie rightfully so will stand as an action classic of this time.