At a bachelorette party in a nightclub, the bride tells 2 guys offering blow to go away. They abduct her. The groom's 2 big brothers looked after their kid brother as kids and do so now again as veterans, "looking" for her and the 2 guys.
A hot altercation followed by a gallant rescue gets a lonely screenwriter a front-row seat to a tense backwoods drama when he decides to take in an ex-con drifter. Now, he is bent on making his host a better man. Will this nightmare end?
Jonathan Rhys Meyers,
Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.
John Gallagher Jr.,
When you mix director/fight choreographer Isaac Florentine of the successful Undisputed & Ninja franchise films, with the amateur/novice writing of Kenpo Karate, Hapkido, Kyokushin, and Shen Chuan disciplined Matt Venne, and cast a non-martial artist well respected B-actor, you create a bad-ass film, starring of course Antonio BAnDerASS!
Yes we've seen these type of films many times over, and going into this one I was prepared for disappointment, but I was wrong. I really did enjoy this film, especially due to the fact that this (bad-ass) role is not in the 57 years-old Antonio Banderas' wheelhouse - and he impressed!
Now I know most wannabe critics are going to dissect this film and slam it with comparables, but let's look at the obvious here; we have an amateur writer who presented a decent piece. Yes, it could have been better and tighter, but it's amateur, and rating the writing as such, it's pretty decent. Now compare this low budget B-grade film to some of the big-budget Hollywood action flicks (John Wick being one of my all time favs), and it's been produced very well.
Let's go one step further and compare it to actual martial arts films with real martial-artists such as Jean Claude van Damme and Steven Seagal (of which lately I cringe when I see any of their films); This films writing, directing, choreography AND acting blows all of those away. Sure the latter are not real actors, but martial- artists, and Banderas is an actor and not a martial artist, but he was more believable and entertaining in this film. Hat's off for his performance and I hope he does more action films like these.
This is by no means a perfect film, and had the writing/screenplay been teamed up with a Hollywood pro, it would have had the makings of another John Wick franchise.
Nevertheless, a very enjoyable film, and rating it on it's merits, I give it an 8.5/10 rounded up to a 9, as I know it will be slammed with undeserving ratings of 1's.
I definitely recommend this film and hope they come out with a part 2. And if anyone is questioning my review as fake, click my username to see my almost 300 reviews and 700 ratings. Then go see this film!
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