A serial killer masquerades as a preacher in order to prey on women. His last wife may have committed suicide and his current wife is sick. Single mom Trish and her daughter move to town and are in jeopardy of becoming his next victims.
Ryan Patrick Shanahan,
A group of friends run a popular travel vlog that helps fund their adventures. Paige (Gina Vitori), the leader of the group, includes her younger sister, Lindsey (Aubrey Reynolds), for the ... See full summary »
What a really pleasant surprise. If Barrio Brawler really is from The Asylum, they have finally shown that they have a movie that is actually more than decent in them. Before, the best of their movies were only watchable and mediocre and would warrant a 6 at most. Most of the time though, The Asylum's output is just terrible that might have some novelty value when you are not being infuriated at their ineptitude and their shameless ripping-off of various films classic or not. Barrio Brawler is a really good movie, one where you have to check a few times to see whether it really was distributed by The Asylum. There are no obvious rip-offs and effort is actually evident. The story is not the most original and is a little predictable at times, and the movie sometimes feels rushed. However, it's slickly shot, the slow motion technique(am not usually a fan) being put to authentic use in the fight sequences. The dialogue is smart, well-meaning and flows well, even if some of the Spanish idioms may go over the heads of those not familiar with them. The story is still delivered with energy and a lot of heart with some nice fresh twists in the mix. The characters are ones that you can identify with, the lead character Carlos in particular is a very well-rounded and written character, both likable and conflicted. The fight sequences are spirited and very well-choreographed, looking all fast and smooth. The locations are minimal but by no means cheap. The acting is great, Marco Antonio Alvarez and Dennis Ruel are perfect as Carlos and Ricky and O.G.Dave Rivera's Morales is a snake in every meaning of the word. Overall, really good, easily the best that The Asylum has done and by a clear mile too. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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