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Skin Trade (2014)

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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
Tayme Tayme ... Nung
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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Blood for blood. See more »

Genres:

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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tony Jaa and Lundgren's fight scene took 4 nights of filming in sweltering heat. Lundgren said it was the most brutal part of the shoot. See more »

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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 »

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Nick Cassidy: I don't know where she is. But whatever it takes, wherever I have to go, I'm gonna find my daughter.
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Click your heels together 3 times and repeat...

"There is no such thing as a bad Tony Jaa movie." Well this could be the exception.

On paper this was a "dream team" movie and I was anxious to see it.

Lundgrin both produced and wrote. That sounded very promising.

Not only is Tony Jaa in the film but he speaks English and his character is named "Tony." Also very promising.

Also starring Michael Jai White. In my review of Falcon Rising I called him "the most under-used action hero" in the business. Very very promising.

But here the total is less than the sum of its parts:

1. Lundgren wrote himself into a part meant for a 40 year old and he himself is pushing 60. Not cool.

2. Jai White is completely wasted (again!) and wears a suit all the time...?

3. The script is weak and the direction is terrible. Even the action scenes seem "off" by a few seconds here and a few seconds there.

Could have been so much more. The opening is the best part and is downhill from there. Perlman is great. but he never gives less than a great performance anyway.


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