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Death Grip (2012)

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In an effort to set his life straight, Kenny Zemacus checks his autistic brother Mark out of the care home where he's spent the past fifteen years since their mother's death. When Kenny ... See full summary »

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Eric Jacobus

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Eric Jacobus (story), Eric Jacobus | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Eric Jacobus ... Kenny Zemacus
Nathan Hoskins Nathan Hoskins ... Mark Zemacus
Johnny Yong Bosch ... Torch
Rebecca Ahn ... Rindy
Chelsea Steffensen Chelsea Steffensen ... Michael
Alvin Hsing ... Dominic
Ray Carbonel Ray Carbonel ... Vince
Caitlyn Corson Caitlyn Corson ... Sacrificial Woman
Sean Rochford Sean Rochford ... Joe
Victor Repizo Victor Repizo ... Mazotti
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cynthia Ayala Cynthia Ayala ... Candice
Shaun Finney Shaun Finney ... Compound Knight 1
Ed Kahana Ed Kahana ... Punk 1
Jason Jiho Kim Jason Jiho Kim ... Punk 3
LaChe Milo LaChe Milo ... Social Worker
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In an effort to set his life straight, Kenny Zemacus checks his autistic brother Mark out of the care home where he's spent the past fifteen years since their mother's death. When Kenny reluctantly brings Mark on a last minute museum catering gig, Mark unwittingly entangles them in a dangerous heist involving the museum's showpiece-the Silver Coin of Judas-and a murderous satanic cult known as The Knights of Judas. The two brothers are propelled into the cult's demonic world where they must fight for their lives and face the depths of their own dark past. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Rise and Fail See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA

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Action Pact Entertainment See more »
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16:9 HD
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The cat seen in a couple of scenes was a stray that lived around the warehouse location. He was so friendly and cooperative that the filmmakers placed him in the movie. See more »

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Outstanding fight scenes, odd tone
21 December 2012 | by ipkevin-561-135380See all my reviews

First things first: The fight scenes in Death Grip are outstanding. Do you remember how complex, exciting, and fun Jackie Chan's fight scenes were in the late '80s before he became obsessed with stunts and running away? Well, it's like Eric Jacobus and the Stunt People picked up where Jackie fell off and have been developing that style all this time. They've taken that same punchy spirit from 80s Hong Kong fight choreography, updated it with modern camera techniques and editing, and put their own violent spin on it. You could make the case that no other group in the world create fight scenes as well as The Stunt People right now.

Having said that, Death Grip has issues with pacing and tone. Like classic 1980s HK cinema, the story veers from comedy to action to heavy melodrama to outrageous violence. But unlike those HK films, the pace is slow and leaden. Characters often pause and react slowly for no reason, making you want to yell at them to hurry up. The photography (while stylish) seems under-lit and the music is constantly ominous, giving the whole affair a gloomy vibe that detracts from the story's lighthearted tone and absurd events. Also, the fights are too few and far between and when they do come, the lighting is so dark that they can be hard to appreciate fully. It's infuriating to struggle to see those magnificent fights, then switch to the Blu-Ray's "extra" fights and see how well-lit yet still stylish they are. The brighter lighting and colours even give the fights an extra pop of energy! Regardless, Jacobus' likable underdog charisma pulls the film together and his epic battle with Johnny Bosch makes the film a must-see.


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