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The Process (1998)

R | | Action | 1999 (USA)
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When martial arts champion Pinoy travels to America, his fighting skills are put to the test when he finds himself in the middle of a violent gang war. Forced into sudden street combat ... See full summary »

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Ernie Reyes Jr.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Jesse
Corin Nemec ... Hitler
Ernie Reyes Sr. Ernie Reyes Sr. ... Senior
Shishir Inocalla Shishir Inocalla ... Pinoy
Kimo Leopoldo ... Kimo
Dennis Brown Dennis Brown ... Godfather
Julie K. Smith Julie K. Smith ... Secretary
Ann Estrada Ann Estrada ... Karen
Melissa Barker Sauer Melissa Barker Sauer ... Susan (as Melissa Barker-Sauer)
Daniella Evangelista ... Katie
Justin Warfield ... Marty
Robin Webb Robin Webb ... Karate Instructor
Benito H. Eccobedo Benito H. Eccobedo ... Master
Keith McNamara Keith McNamara ... Mick Morrison
Brent Nelson Brent Nelson ... Limo Driver
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When martial arts champion Pinoy travels to America, his fighting skills are put to the test when he finds himself in the middle of a violent gang war. Forced into sudden street combat against fierce members of the Crazy Dragons gang, Pinoy saves the life of Jesse. Impressed with Pinoy's amazing fighting abilities and grateful for his life, Jesse befriends the stranger, introducing him to his father. But this new found friendship is put to the test when the Crazy Dragons surround Jesse's home, threatening the lives of his family. Suddenly the two must protect what they cherish, and with the help of Kimo summon all their martial arts strength for an action packed ultimate fight to the death. Written by Joel Reed Parker

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A martial arts champion travels to America in search of his ultimate destiny.

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Action

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Rated R for pervasive violence, strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

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1999 (USA) See more »

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The Ultimate Fight See more »

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The Process of confusion
29 March 2010 | by actionfilm-2See all my reviews

Sadly, this is a less than stellar effort from those involved. As Ernie Reyes Jr. is star and director of the film, putting him front and center, I can only say the film gives the impression of one confused individual. This being made back in '98, he's hopefully recovered from whatever ailed him. Characters and situations are all over the map, and there is a very malicious anti-authority and anti-religion tone to the film, though it's worth noting that 3 years later, Reyes starred in The Secret of the Horse, a short film with a pro-Christian message, whether it was simply work for hire or change in his belief system I don't know. At any rate, the usually sharp fighting technique Reyes has displayed before is absent here.

As noted elsewhere, there is little in the way of morality to be found in any of the characters or the film itself. This in and of itself isn't always a problem. But usually we witness an arc of some sort, for example Blood Diamond's mercenary character, the aging gangster in Charlie Valentine, or the cold hit man in The Killer, all undergo a redemption of sorts. Even when there is no apparent arc, for example Lee Marvin in Point Blank, Mel Gibson in Payback, Benicio del Toro and Ryan Phillipe in Way of the Gun, or Warren Oates in Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, the main characters are of interest and manage to avoid being one dimensional.

Of course, all of the above are exceptional films so you may not think it fair to compare them to The Process, but I'm not since to do so would be ridiculous, I'm simply citing why the lack of morality fails to work in this film. Which may all be a moot point as sadly, the film pretty much fails on all counts.


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