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After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests, NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.

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Dolph Lundgren (screenplay), Steven Elder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Nick Cassidy
Tony Jaa ... Tony Vitayakul
Michael Jai White ... Reed
Ron Perlman ... Viktor Dragovic
Celina Jade ... Min
Peter Weller ... Costello
Matthew James Ryder Matthew James Ryder ... Pongchai
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Kong
Mike Dopud ... Goran Dragovic
Leo Rano ... Janko Dragovic
David Westerman David Westerman ... Ivan Dragovic
Michael G Selby Michael G Selby ... Andre Dragovic
Maethi Thapthimthong Maethi Thapthimthong ... Nung (as Tayme)
Tasya Teles ... Rosa Cassidy
Chloe Babcook ... Sofia Cassidy
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Storyline

Nick, a tough NY cop, runs afoul of the Russian mob engaged in human trafficking, and they end up killing his wife and daughter for revenge. Determined to make them pay, he follows the kingpin to Bangkok, the hub of their activities. He teams up with a Thai detective and they decide to wipe out the entire organization and terminate their business entirely. Written by Anonymous

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All scars tell a story. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence throughout, disturbing sexual content, nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Thailand | Canada | USA

Language:

English | Thai

Release Date:

23 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Heat See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$162, 10 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,242, 31 May 2015
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The script was originally written to be set between New York and Moscow. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the movie one of the kidnappers has his hair in a ponytail. In the next shot, the ponytail is gone. See more »

Quotes

Nick Cassidy: How the hell do you sleep at night? How can you do this?
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Soundtracks

Unzip Me
Composed by Edgard Jaude and Jessie Schoen
Produced by Edgard Jaude
Performed by Belle Rev
Courtesy of Inamorata, In Fonts and Omana music Pub.
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25 April 2015 | by cousbrojsSee all my reviews

Okay, I was intrigued with the cast when I first heard of the film. Saw a few trailers, snapshots and promotional pictures and I started getting excited for the movie. Well, too bad. The movie turned out to be a tour de force of just bad, sadly.

The script, the acting, the dialogue, the pacing, the directing, it was just so bad! The first half hour was just so jumbled it was confusing to even tell what was going on. The action, although decent, just wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. There is one great fight sequence near the end but that was the only decent one.

There are also a few times in the movie where it tries to make you care about these characters, the sad thing was is that there was little to no character development for that to happen. Sad music plays and people cry, is that even dramatic effect? Come on!

The movie tackles the whole human trafficking theme but it's execution isn't as good. Although it is portrayed in a negative manner, it wasn't fully realized in the film.

I know it sounds like I've just crapped all over the film, but it's necessary. It was a missed opportunity to make something great but it just had the worst execution. There's a definite sequel bait at the end of the film, but I hope that if there is a sequel, just make sure the pacing and editing is done right. I don't mind cheesy, bad acted films as long as things fall into place right. For now, I'll be very kind, since I just watched this after watching something much worse.

6/10 (I'm just being so damn kind right now)


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