Posts Tagged ‘Scott Adkins’

American-Assassin-Poster-croppedI am always looking to spotlight new actors who either take a shot at an action film or are grinding their teeth in the genre a shot here on Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. That is definitely the case for Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) who recently released the action thriller American Assassin into theaters nation and world wide. O’Brien plays Mitch Rapp, a normal guy whose life is about to change when terrorists attack a vacation resort that he is staying at with his lovely fiance (Charlotte Vega). This has absolutely rocked and destroyed his world so he does what he thinks is best and he decides to retaliate. The CIA finds this to be unbelievable so they capture him and set him with a former Navy Seal in Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to train. Their training will be put to the test when a a man simply known as Ghost (Taylor Kitsch)  is trying to buy up stolen plutonium. The film also stars Sanaa Lathan (Blade) as Irene Kennedy, David Suchet (A Perfect Murder) as Director Stansfield, Scott Adkins (Hard Target 2) as Victor, Joseph Long (Dracula Untold) as General Rostami, Shiva Negar (The Art Of More) as Annika, Mohammad Bakri (Private) as Ashani, Navid Negahban (Homeland) as Minister Behurz, and the film was directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

American Assassin StatsAmerican-Assassin-00As far as the stats are concerned, he has about 16 total kills in the film and we find out about his origin little by little, but we don’t know a lot. We just know about his parents and the trouble he had with school. This next one is going to answer two questions right off the bat and that is that he does have a love interest and she is killed right off the bat. That is what motivates him to do what it is that he does. The big boss is defeated and it’s a pretty damn good fight by the way so check it out for yourself. Right away, I am going to tell you that if having Dylan O’Brien doesn’t motivate you enough to see this film then at least go see it for the brilliance of Michael Keaton who I think kind of steals the show. The man is simply on fire from the first shot that you see him all the way to the end of the film. Dylan does a pretty good job and it seems like he put in the work so if another film does happen, I’d go see it. There is plenty of action in the film to satisfy an action fan or at least some hand to hand combat as well as the typical CIA operative crap. I do question however if they really did film some scenes in Providence because the camera work makes me think that they didn’t. After all, most of the film was filmed in England. This is definitely one to check out and with that being said I am giving the film four fists out of five for a final grade.

 

hard-target-2When I was a kid growing up, I was a huge fan of Jean Claude Van Damme and all of his films. I have been becoming a huge fan of Scott Adkins (Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear) as of late so when I saw that he was starring in Hard Target 2 which is the sequel to Van Damme’s film, I decided to watch it for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. Wes Baylor (Adkins) is one of the best in Mixed Martial Arts, but when he kills his best friend in the ring during a match, he can’t handle the guilt so he quits. After disappearing and taking underground fights in Thailand, he is contacted by a business man offering him a big payday. There’s only one catch, he is to be hunted by a group of rich hunters. If he can make it to the border he lives, but if he doesn’t he dies. The film also stars Robert Knepper (Hitman) as Aldrich, Rhona Mitra (The Number 23) as Sofia, Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge Of The Sith) as Madden, Ann Truong (Hunters) as Tha, Adam Saunders (Blue Water High) as Esparto, Peter Hardy (Chopper) as Jacob Zimling, Sean Keenan (Strangerland) as Tobias Zimling, and the film was directed by Roel Reiné (Death Race 2). Before we check out the review of the film, let’s take a look at the stats:

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hard-target-2-1-800x416The stats for this film were straightforward and sometimes a little tricky with certain questions. In the film Scott has about 26 kills/knockouts and I put an no next to origin story because we don’t know much about him other than he killed his best friend in a match. I wasn’t sure what to put for an answer as far as love interest was concerned because we don’t really know if he becomes a thing with Tha. As far as the next question s concerned, he did kill his best friend and Tha is also under attack as well. The big boss is defeated, but as always you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out how. I am really starting to become a big fan of Scott Adkins (I review Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear before) and he’s been in some films that I loved like The Expendables 2, etc. I’m not positive if I’ve seen the original Hard Target, but this wasn’t a bad film on it’s own. Sure, it’s basically a martial arts version of The Most Dangerous Game, but that’s what Hollywood and everyone else does. They rehash old ideas and they try to disguise them as fresh new ideas.The martial arts action in the film is pretty sick and I love all of the fight scenes with Adkins as a fighter before he joins the hunt. Those were some pretty sick fight scenes in the film for sure. You have to love the scenic shots of Thailand both in the city and in the jungle that are provided to you in the film including the closing credits. It wasn’t a bad action movie and of course you know what you’re getting with them. I am going to give the film 3.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

Criminal-001In the past six years or so, there seems to be this formula in Hollywood where you take well established actors and you turn them into action stars (e.g. Taken, The Gunman, The Equalizer). That is definitely the case with today’s film Criminal. Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent who holds some valuable information that a crazy anarchist wants. After he is killed, his memories are implanted into the mind the of criminal by the name of Jericho (Kevin Costner) who isn’t fully mentally developed. The hope is that Jericho will lead the CIA to a man by the name of the Dutchman (Michael Pitt) who holds a program that could destroy the world before the anarchist does. The film also stars Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) as Quaker Wells, Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men) as Dr. Franks, Jordi Mollà (Bad Boys II) as Xavier Heimdahl, Gal Gadot (Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Jill Pope, Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Marta Lynch, Antje Traue (Man Of Steel) as Elsa, Scott Adkins (The Expendables II) as Agent Greensleves, Lara Decaro (The Infiltrator) as Emma Pope, Amaury Nolasco (2 Fast 2 Furious) as Esteban Ruiza, and the film was directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). Before we get into the review of the film, lets check out some stats:

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CRM_4221.NEFTrying to figure out the stats for this film became a little tricky, but I did the absolute best that I could and here we go. Jericho has about 22 kills in the whole entire film with one really cool one towards the end. He kind of has an origin story only because we find out why his frontal lobe of his brain isn’t fully developed. Now as far as we know for the whole film that he doesn’t have a love interest even though he has Bill Pope’s memories in his head. He is a killer who has never known right from wrong and has never had any real emotions, but he starts to feel them and he begins to care for Pope’s family. That is why I put a question mark there, but they are eventually kidnapped which is why the next says yes because he goes to rescue them. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see how for yourself, but it’s Jericho’s ultimate FU to him. This one is a little different than the film Costner did a little while ago called 3 Days To Kill which saw him as the straight forward action bad ass compared to this one where he is just a bad ass criminal. Hollywood is trying to prove that you can take anyone and make them action stars kind of like what they did a long time ago with Charles Bronson. The film was definitely an interesting one that kind of takes the genre into a new direction with the memory implants idea, but nothing extraordinarily different. The film has plenty of action and suspense as you try to see if Costner will get to The Dutchman before the Anarchist, etc. It’s not the greatest movie in the world, but a cool one. I am going to give the film 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade.

ninja titleI wanted to take the time to wish everyone a happy and safe new year as we get ready to usher in a brand new year which could be a fresh start for some or another year to keep the ball rolling. To end the year on a high note, I decided to review another film for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays called Ninja 2: Shadow Of A Tear. The film stars Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2) as a badass ninja named Casey. Casey’s pregnant wife Namiko (Mika Hijii) is murdered by who Casey believes is an old enemy of her fathers named Goro (Shun Sugata). Casey will literally battle to hell and back as he travels to Myanmar (formerly Burma) as he tracks down the man known to everyone as Goro. It is a dangerous mission, but Casey is a man hell bent on revenge. The film also stars Kane Kosugi (DOA: Dead Or Alive) as Nakabara, Vithaya Pansringarm (The Hangover Part 2) as General Sung, Mukesh Bhatt (Company) as Mike, Tim Man (Ong-bak 2) as Myat, Jawed El Berni (Warrior King 2) as Lucas, and the film was directed by Isaac Florentine (Undisputed 3: Redemption). Let’s check out some stats before we get into the review of the film.

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ninja 2Let us analyze the stats of the film a little bit so that you understand what I am talking about there. I will start by saying that I can’t explain to you why where it says “Big Boss Defeated: Yes X2” because it will give away some important info (a little twist in the film). The love interest is obviously his pregnant wife and there isn’t an actual scene of them making lov, but we presume that they did. The origin story has more to do with what happened in the nation formerly known as Burma and why Goro is the way he is so it has nothing to do with our main character Casey. Scott Adkins does a terrific job in this film, he is a total badass. The first time I saw him was in The Expendables II when he was Jean Claude Van Damme’s main henchman. He fought Jason Statham in the film and when I saw that fight scene I asked myself who is this guy? Anyways, if you have Netflix then I suggest that you check out this film cause it’s worth the watch if you’re a fan of Martial Arts/Ninja films. It has some amazing fight scenes that will leave you asking for more. I am giving the film an four fists out of five for a final grade. Remember Happy New Year and hopefully 2015 is a better year for everyone.