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Accident Man

For those who came in late… The English actor and martial artist Scott Adkins is the reigning champ of low budget action. After catching our eye as the villain-turned-anti-hero Boyka in three UNDISPUTED sequels (2, 3, 4), as well as starring in two NINJA movies (1, 2) and the incredible UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, he was clearly the era’s strongest answer to the iconic action stars of the ’90s like Jean-Claude Van Damme – who he co-starred with in THE SHEPHERD: BORDER PATROL, ASSASSINATION GAMES and EXPENDABLES 2. The latter was one of the many times we got hyped up for impending mainstream recognition only to find him playing Knife Guy Who Has Short Fight With Jason Statham. For years people hoped he’d be cast as Iron Fist or somebody in the Marvel Universe, until finally he was in DOCTOR STRANGE – and got beat up by a magic cape.

Little did we know that there was a comic book he’d been wanting to make into a movie since the age of 15, and this didn’t require a big special effects budget or a subduing of his talents. ACCIDENT MAN – starring, produced and co-written by Adkins – is an action-packed, darkly humorous hitman saga based on stories that appeared in the British comics anthology Toxic! in 1991, written by Pat Mills (Judge Dredd, etc.)

Adkins plays Mike Fallon, an elite assassin who specializes in making your death look like an accident. He’s part of a Johnwickian underground, a “firm” of killers for hire who work out of a small pub called the Oasis. They each have different gimmicky techniques: Poison Pete (Stephen Donald) obviously poisons, Carnage Cliff (Ross O’Hennessy, The Bastard Executioner) is a rampaging ax murderer, Finicky Fred (Perry Benson, SID & NANCY) is an inventor who tests out his theories on random victims, etc. Some of them have backstories: Jane the Ripper is “an expert swordswoman and a right nasty bitch” who killed her master (Roger Yuan, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY) and is rumored to collect dicks as trophies; Mick and Mac were British and American rivals in Special Forces who became buddies and went into the mercenary business together.

Those last three characters are the most exciting, because they’re played by Amy Johnston (LADY BLOODFIGHT), Michael Jai White (BLOOD AND BONE) and Darth Maul himself, Ray Park. None of them are wasted. And the cast goes deeper than that because you also got Ray Stevenson (PUNISHER WAR ZONE) as bartender/boss Big Ray, and David Paymer (PAYBACK) as Milton, who gives them their assignments. Something tells me that guy is gonna get pushed around at some point.

When someone close to Fallon dies he suspects the organization is responsible and goes looking for both the killer and the client. Which thankfully for us means he’ll have to fight everybody. NINJA II/BOYKA fight choreographer Tim Man is credited as action director. He also plays a Triad who has a really good fight with Adkins, wearing a motorcycle helmet for most of it, so he gets banged against concrete quite a bit.

Adkins ends up having rematches with two of his UNDISPUTED opponents, the most exciting being part 2’s MJW, who’s kind of the secret weapon of the movie. His balance of martial arts and acting skills are a strong contribution even in this supporting role. He gets major action sequences but also a really funny and charismatic character acting performance. Mick is a guy who seems to get his ideas of manhood from RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II and PREDATOR. In a quick war flashback he’s maniacally machine gunning dudes while dragging a guy around in a headlock. But he also tries to be a good friend. He’s one of many who try to tell Fallon that a murder was “just business,” but he’s the only one who says it with hurt in his eyes like “Don’t you get it? Just business. Why are you so mad at me?”

Jane the Ripper is a good challenge for Johnston. A couple of her nasty lines sound unnatural to me, because she has such a thorough nice girl aura, but her facial expressions are a whole other story. Her eyes give a hell of a performance in the brief flashback with her sword master. More importantly, she gets the best fight with Adkins. For some it may be shocking to see him getting so vicious in a fight with a woman, but I always appreciate movies like this recognizing women who are worthy opponents for their male leads. They don’t give him a female sidekick for her to take on because she’s earned a shot at the title.

I’ve enjoyed the films of director Jesse V. Johnson since I saw his Eric Roberts movie THE BUTCHER, but he’s really coming into his own now. Last year he did SAVAGE DOG with Adkins and it’s an admirably weird one with great villains and surprisingly brutal violence. This one has much better and tighter storytelling, though, and I think it’s his best so far, as well as his funniest. It’s got its own tone and style but if I had to compare it to other things I’d maybe mention LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, maybe SMOKIN’ ACES, maybe even a tiny bit of KINGSMAN, a tiny bit of DEADPOOL. And don’t forget, Adkins actually played Deadpool in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, after he got his mouth sewn shut as “Weapon XI.”

It reminds me a little of those movies, but never in a “poor man’s” sort of way. The voiceover narration is full of funny wordings and punchlines, often accentuated by comical cutaways, and it’s very controlled and never too hyperactive, even with a feverish and stylistically diverse score by Sean Murray (SCORPION). For a DTV movie to pull off this attitude so well is honestly kind of miraculous.

I don’t want to downplay Adkins’ great performances as Boyka, a character more crafted out of scowls and postures than sentences, but I think this is his best acting so far. There aren’t many martial arts stars known for their verbal dexterity, but here Adkins is nimbly delivering wall-to-wall narration with numerous laugh lines while also sort of playing the straight man and dramatic lead. He takes a selfie with a hanging corpse, says hello to a skull named Colin, lectures Man’s Triad character as “a disgrace to my profession” for doing a bad job of ambushing him, but he’s not joking around when his unpaid killing spree begins. And of course he does many variations on his trademark flying kick where his feet make contact with two different people before returning to earth. He also does way more bone breaking and crushing than usual, because “I don’t just fight people anymore, I fuckin destroy them.”

The surface pleasures are obvious, but I also managed to find a little chunk of meaning in there. We learn from a knowingly absurd childhood flashback that this is a guy who became a murderer as a result of childhood bullying. A bunch of kids would beat the shit out of him while he tried to do his paper route, and one day while hiding behind some bushes he witnessed Big Ray executing a hit.

At that point it could turn into FRIGHT NIGHT or DISTURBIA or something and he could try to get somebody to believe him so he can stop this murderer. Instead he follows Ray around and records evidence so he can blackmail him into teaching him how to kill his tormenters. “Turns out I didn’t want to be an astronaut after all,” he explains in narration.

But even in this comic book world a good person can’t feel totally okay with such an immoral life. After beating skinheads to death in a pub he throws the bartender a stack of cash for “PMT – Post Murder Tension,” but the next time he uses the term it seems to apply to his own trauma. He’s not as guilt free as he pretends.

And it’s a human connection that finally breaks through to him – an ex girlfriend, who left him for a woman, who he doesn’t seem to have treated well. But it’s the memory of her humanity that brings out the same in him. And it’s interesting that he ends up protecting and working with her new girlfriend (Ashley Greene of the TWILIGHT movies), the woman who replaced him, because her orientation demolishes the usual expectations of the action hero/female lead dynamic. You are very much not rooting for them to fall for each other. That would be wrong.

Fallon is introduced as one of those edgy, yeah-that’s-right-I-said-it-I-don’t-have-to-be-politically-correct-you-guys type of characters, but his reaction to the death reveals that some of that is a put on to fit in with the fellas. Since Mick and Mac know him as a misogynist who just claimed to have a girlfriend with the body of an 18 year old and the brain of a 12 year old (we see no evidence that this person actually exists), they’re completely befuddled when he turns out to care so much about his ex.

Maybe if he’d been able to have friends when he was a kid he wouldn’t have gone into this line of work. But if I understand correctly now that he’s somewhat reawakened his conscience he’s gonna try to use these skills to help people. Become THE EQUALIZER or something. I really hope we get another chapter. Let’s make this thing a hit, and don’t make it look like an accident.

ACCIDENT MAN comes to disc February 6th in the U.S.

VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.
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55 Responses to “Accident Man”

  1. Crushinator Jones

    January 23rd, 2018 at 10:44 am

    I bought it. Long live Scott Adkins!

  2. I’m glad to hear that it’s good. Would’ve sucked if it was another one of those passion projects that aren’t worth anybody’s time.

    Amazon lists a February 15 release for Germany, btw.

  3. I will do what I always do and rent it on VOD. I don’t understand how he blames piracy for Ninja 2 not making money yet plenty of low budget action movies seem go do just fine. I’d like to learn more about producing low budget action cinema.

  4. The Undefeated Gaul

    January 23rd, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Placed my pre-order for the Blu as well, can’t fucking wait!

  5. My guess that it also debutes on Netflix same day.

  6. Sternsheim, I can imagine there is a difference between “This movie did good enough make a profit” and “This movie did good enough to pour money into a sequel”, but I don’t know much about the financial part of DTV productions either.

  7. Amy Johnston is someone i really want to see achieve big time success. She could be the next Cynthia Rothrock.

  8. As I pre-ordered this I started thinking; How the hell did Vern get hold of it this early?

  9. The Undefeated Gaul

    January 24th, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Maybe Adkins liked Vern’s DOCTOR STRANGE review so much he decided to send him a review copy in advance?

  10. Our friend Franchise Fred has helped hook me up with some publicists to get access to screener links to try to do more reviews of brand new movies. But in this case I did in fact get a screener link sent to me by the man himself. Which was crazy. I already had the blu-ray pre-ordered, of course, and would’ve reviewed it then. But if writing about it a little early helps get more people to order it then it’s a service I’m happy to provide.

  11. Oh no, Vern is becoming part of the establishment! A friend of the internet! Getting Pwesents! I’m disgusted!

    (Of course I’m not. I’m glad you reached getting-to-see-cool-movies-early status, which is fully deserved by providing nearly 20 years of entertaining and insightful reviews.)

  12. My brother and I once got invitations to a press screening of a Norwegian sci fi movie, just because we met the director at a bar in Oslo. The movie was so awful we had to drop the after party, in case he asked us if we liked it. Later we heard that the 426 people who saw it that night are the only ones that have seen it.

  13. Obviously I don’t need an early review to know I’m watching the shit out of this as soon as I can, so can I just say how cockle-warming it is, after decades of egocentric cult-of-personality action stars who saw their contemporaries as rivals and would never deign to share the screen with any of them, that today’s crop has a “We’re all in this together” approach? Not only is it a treat for aficionados like us, but it improves all their game by playing against the best of the best and not just some disposable henchman they’re afraid to make too cool or badass lest he steal their shine.

  14. That’s a very good point. I don’t think I’ve ever told this story, but around the time THE EXPENDABLES came out or was coming out, a producer contacted me about writing a comical making-of book for an upcoming action movie. I was not at all comfortable with him or the proposal and he seemed to be under the impression that books were something that could be whipped out in like a month with little effort and then would easily make you a bunch of money. But the project was designed to put Seagal and Van Damme in a movie together. The plans were entirely based around ways to make them not have to actually work together (their characters would be mostly communicating on a headset). They had not decided on a director yet and he asked for my input and obviously I had John Hyams and Isaac Florentine at the top of the list. I think he had a problem with them having been DTV directors, if I remember right, but he also said it could not be a director who had worked with either Van Damme or Seagal before, because the other would never accept it.

    So yes, it’s beautiful that Adkins, MJW, Amy Johnston, Marko Zaror, Cung Le, Jesse V. Johnson, Florentine, etc. seem to be one big community admiring each others’ work and excited when they can collaborate, not a bunch of egomaniacs trying to top each other. And Van Damme allowed Adkins to kill him in DAY OF RECKONING. A new day is dawning.

  15. I think we can include Dolph in this community too, because he seems happy working with the “new kids”.

  16. The Undefeated Gaul

    January 26th, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Wasn’t there some old feud going on back in the day between Seagal and Van Damme? Here, I found this story one told by Stallone on Aintitcool:

    “But I remember once, at my home in Miami, I believe it was in ’96 or’97, Van Damme was there with Seagal, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Shaquille O’Neal, Don Johnson and Madonna… it was a heck of a party. Van Damme was tired of Seagal saying he could kick his ass and went right up to him and offered him the chance to step outside so he could wipe the floor with him, or should I say wipe the backyard with him. Seagal made some excuse and left. His destination was some Ocean Drive nightclub in Miami. Van Damme, who was completely berserk, tracked him down and again offered him a fight, and again Seagal pulled a Houdini. Who would win? I have to say I believe Van Damme was just too strong and Seagal wanted no part of it. That’s just my opinion.”

    So not quite a feud, but I bet those guys wouldn’t exactly have been thrilled to work together.

  17. All in all I think the action star community is much humbler than in the 80s and 90s. Okay, some, like Seagal or Willis, still don’t seem to be teamplayers and depending on how much you trust gossip, some from the FAST & FURIOUS gang aren’t exactly willing to “just” be ensemble players either, but regardless of quality, we live in a time where the EXPENDABLES trilogy exists, Arnie makes character dramas that portray him as weak, old man and JCVD has a self-ironic (yet far from being crappy) comedy series! Also Mario and Sonic appear in video games together, but they don’t fully count.

  18. Also WTF is a “comical making-of book”?

  19. That’s a hell of a story, Vern. I don’t think you could parody a conversation with a soulless Hollywood gladhander more effectively than just letting that guy talk. Like, did the idea that not having Seagal and Van Damme actually share the screen (let alone square off) would just piss off his intended audience? Or did he have that much contempt for us that he thought we wouldbt notice?

    Dolph definitely seems inordinately humble for a guy who has no earthly reason to be. He’s been letting guys he knows he could break in half beat him up subce the start of his career, so he’s got no problem playing villains or comic relief or whatever else the team needs, and he got a more interesting filmography than a lot of other action stars out of it. On that same note, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Van Damme’s humbling preceded the incredible improvement in his acting skills. When he thought he was the king of the world, he couldn’t act his way out of a backyard bumfighting video, but now I watch his movies as much for his line readings and quirky behavioral choices as I do for the action. Meanwhile, Seagal stayed the same arrogant prick and his acting skills have stayed at about the same barely-there level they’ve been at since his first movie. If anything, he’s progressively gotten worse. I can’t see him pulling off the “superior attitude, superior state of mind” at any point in the last 15 – 20 years.

  20. You know, now that I think of it the book was an afterthought. What he wanted was for me to write some kind of snarky narration for a behind-the-scenes documentary. I was of course intrigued by the opportunity but not at all into the tone he was looking for. He was one of these people I have encountered occasionally who tell me they’re a big fan and then clearly haven’t read anything by me or know what I’m about. The stereotypical shitty Hollywood guys.

    I also wondered why he was so convinced Seagal would work with him again when he had been fired by him and talked so much shit. He claimed to have been fired for trying to convince Seagal that avocado milkshakes were making him fat. He also claimed that the famous hairline is individually implanted hairs from a horse’s tail.

  21. I don’t know why I’m being self conscious of this, lol, but am I jerk for just getting the VOD instead of buying the Blu Ray?

  22. No, I’m sure the profit margin is decent on VOD. You’re supporting it.

  23. It’s very cool to see Vern getting love from guys like Scott Adkins (Adkins also posted a link to this review on his facebook page). I have to say, this site is the reason that I even heard of movies like Ninja and Undisputed, so I think he deserves the props.

    VOD is not an option for me, and I generally think the cost of pre-ordering Blu Rays is too expensive, but I already pre-ordered this (like I did with BOYKA) because I want to support this stuff. Glad to hear that it’s good but I would have been kind of surprised if it wasn’t. Looking forward to seeing it eventually.

  24. Crushinator Jones

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Amazon just informed me that Accident Man Blu-Ray is delayed. *sad trombone* well, good things are worth the wait!

  25. ACCIDENT MAN was released on Viaplay yesterday, so I just had to watch it. Even if I have pre-ordered it from Amazon. Saw it With my son, and we both liked it. Even if the kid says he only really like Adkins when he’s Boyka.

  26. Wow – it’s insane that they shot Savage Dog in less than three weeks. How is that even possible?

  27. I rented it on Xbox Live and watched it with my son last night. I should’ve just bought it and I probably will anyway.

    I’ve been pretty behind on DTV for the last ten years or so. I found Vern’s sight several months ago and became curious about Scott Adkins, as you guys are always talking him up, with good reason as it turns out. My wife(she won’t have anything to do with DTV) was out of town last weekend so I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about. I searched Scott Adkins on Netflix and like ten movies came up. I watched BOYKA: UNDISPUTED(WOW!!), NINJA 2: SHADOW OF A TEAR, SAVAGE DOG and found myself super-hyped for ACCIDENT MAN. This is all some seriously good shit!

    Also, there was this interesting little zombie movie called RE-KILL that I haven’t seen mentioned on this sight. Adkins steals every scene he’s in. There’s a lot of interesting things going on in the movie that I don’t want to get into because spoilers, but I recommend watching it for the Adkins alone. It’s on Netflix.

  28. Crush, did they say why and how late? I haven’t heard anything…

  29. My pre-order shipped on Tuesday…

  30. Thanks, pegsy, for letting me know that it was on Viaplay. What a fun movie. . It feels less of a DTV and more in a less definable area of filmmaking where you can sense the passion behind it. SCott Adkins nails it in this one. With the narration he feels less stiff than usual and can act out a bit more. I will definitely purchase the blu ray uon arrival.

  31. It’s pretty clear that Adkins had Guy Ritchie’s early movies in mind when he co-wrote this. It’s very British.

  32. This was a turning point for me where I not only saw the entire movie but I thought it was awesome. This is the kind of things Scott needs to make more of. I like that he wasn’t taking himself too seriously. This was also the first movie where he reminded me of Donnie Yen. If they ever remake a Yen movie, Scott would be perfect.

  33. Watched this last night and it was enjoyable as hell. Odd bit of trivia this is the second time Scott Adkins defeats one of the Star Wars prequel stars by using him as a human shield.

  34. Man, I should know that reference but you stumped me.

  35. The Undefeated Gaul

    February 12th, 2018 at 3:34 am

    It’s a fun puzzle but I can’t figure it out either. Maybe there’s some early Adkins film I overlooked where Natalie Portman plays a minor villain?

  36. Temuera Morrison in HARD TARGET 2.

  37. I have to say, Vern, that the discussion gets a bit slow when you review a movie none of us are able to see until a month later. Adkins is really busy promoting this and the prospect of NINJA 3 on Facebook right now. He should be here talking to us!

  38. Finally saw this, and I think it’s orobably the best Adkins joint (as opposed to a joint Adkins is in, like DAY OF RECKONING) in terms of having a story and a personality and characters and shit. Boyka is definitely a better character for him and his Florentine joints have better action but the overall immersiveness of ACCIDENT MAN’s world and tone and (especially) cast make it feel more like a complete movie experience. I like all his movies but a lot of them can have that synthetic copy-of-a-copy DTV feel that makes them come off more as action showreels than works of visual narrative. Not a problem with this one. There’s waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much narration but other than that it feels confident in itself and animated by its own spark. After this and SAVAGE DOG both having scenes with no kicking that were as entertaining as the scenes with kicking, I’m willing to bump this Jesse Johnson guy out of the Roel Reine “competent but dramatically inert journeyman” tier of DTV director up to just under the Florentine/Hyams auteur level. All the stuff Ray Stevenson looked particularly evocative and dramatic. I mean, it’s hard to shoot that guy badly but he looked like some kind of avuncular neon demon. He seems to have been mostly work-for-hire on this, with Adkins being the real badass auteur on the project, but he put his stamp on what could have been some cringey material in lesser hands.

    On that note, when is Tim Man gonna direct a goddamn movie? Apparently he directed the entire dojo fight scene with MJW and Ray Park (a revelation here—like a cross between Andy Serkis and Jason Statham. Why hasn’t he been in everything?) while Johnson was off shooting the flashbacks. That’s a whole chunk of movie full of action and jokes and monologues and drama. I want to see what he can do with a whole movie

    Anyway, another solid entry from the hardest-working man in cinema. I get tired just thinking about living through one of these shoots, let alone the four or five a year Adkins pumps out with class and passion and good humor. Action couldn’t ask for a better ambassador.

  39. So if Florentine isn’t available we want Johnson to direct NINJA 3?

  40. Those are my least favorite Adkins joints so sure, why not? As long as Tim Man is on the second unit I don’t see how it could fail.

  41. By which I mean I’d rather Florentine do something more interesting than waste his time on a franchise I don’t particularly care for. Johnson seems to be better with characters than Florentine so maybe he’d finally give Detective Jack Ninj* some personality.

  42. Thought I posted in here already but I did not. I really loved this one. I was expecting to enjoy it but I will admit all the talk of it being like ‘early Guy Ritchie stuff’ made me concerned I wasn’t going to like it as much.* Instead I pretty much loved this one from the get-go. Then the flashback stuff started and I was concerned it was slow the movie down too much and again the movie surprises me by keeping it’s energy going and not getting bogged down with boring story-elements or sappy dramatics.

    I know I said this about Michael Jai White in the UNDISPUTED II thread but now I extend it to everyone in this cast: Why aren’t they bigger stars than they are? Why aren’t producers/studios beating down their agents doors begging them to have them in their movies? Everyone here has great screen presence, charisma, chemistry with their fellow actor(s), AND give good performances (some of them out of their usual ‘mode’).

    *Yeah I should give SNATCH and LOCK STOCK WHATEVER another chance, very good possibility that I wasn’t in the right time of my life to enjoy them

  43. The Undefeated Gaul

    February 15th, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Pegsman – I’d prefer Florentine, but after seeing ACCIDENT MAN and loving it, I think Johnson would be okay for NINJA 3 as well. Maybe let’s see TRIPLE THREAT first, to make sure that SAVAGE DOG was a fluke (because of the crazy budget and time limitations etc.) and ACCIDENT MAN is a better representation of his normal skill level.

    Honestly though, I’d take NINJA 3 any way we can get it. I agree that Casey Bowman isn’t the most interesting character, but SHADOW OF A TEAR was still a never stopping rollercoaster of momentum filled with one crazy good fight scene after another. There’s so much action, and it’s all so well done – it’s almost like they had way more time on shooting that than they normally do, I don’t know. So if that’s what we can expect from part 3 sign me up.

    Btw, random thought: Wesley Snipes is in need of money right? I mean he’s making shit like THE RECALL and ARMED RESPONSE, so can’t they get him to show up as Adkins’ opponent and/or buddy in a film and give Snipes something to actually be proud of again? They’d make a great team I think. Plus there’s the UNDISPUTED connection, it’d be cool.

  44. It’s clearly something Adkins really wants to do. Just like Snipes seems set on getting BLADE 4 off the ground.

  45. The Undefeated Gaul

    February 15th, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I’d love nothing more than a BLADE 4 with Snipes, but I feel like that ship has sailed. I think Snipes is still up for it (he still looked great in EXPENDABLES 3) but Marvel’s just not gonna go for that. So if he’s stuck with slumming it in the DTV zone, he might as well do it with our boy Adkins and make some actual enjoyable films that people love to see.

  46. The Undefeated Gaul

    February 15th, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Hell he’d fit right in with NINJA 3, he can be the Steve James to Adkins’ Dudikoff.

  47. So in NINJA 5 he will be the lead opposite Mr Miagy?

  48. The Undefeated Gaul

    February 15th, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I know I’d watch that!

  49. At this stage I think I’d take a sequel to any of Adkins’ movies, as long as it has Adkins in it…

  50. The Undefeated Gaul

    February 20th, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Was watching a bit of THE LEGEND OF HERCULES on tv yesterday, and even though it’s kind of a crappy film (mostly because of the PG rating and Kellan Lutz being so dull) I have to say Adkins really was quite good in that. Made me think he would’ve been a fantastic addition to the SPARTACUS tv show, had they hired him back then. He has the exact right look for it and would’ve been great as some badass gladiator, or even a sneering Roman villain. He would’ve fit right in with that cast.

  51. Not usually one to chime in on here, I mostly just bug Vern on twitter. But had to log in now. Watched this last night and loved it. Aside from Boyka, this is easily Adkins’ best character and performance. I was worried at first after hearing how much dialogue and humor Adkins would be responsible for, but he easily pulled it off.
    While it gave off a late 90s Guy Ritchie/Statham vibe at times, I felt it was more done as tribute than being derivative.
    The murderers row of supporting badasses like MJW and Park and Stevenson and Johnston took the movie to another level.
    Knowing there are two more movies coming this year from Adkins and Johnson has me excited. I just wish a major studio would smarten up and realize that a $10m investment to let Adkins do a movie with Florentine or Johnston and bring in a few friends like Cung Le or MJW would probably result in them making a lot of money.

  52. A while back I decided to buy every Adkins movie I got my hands on. Yesterday I saw ZERO TOLERANCE in a shop in Sweden, and I bought it for almost nothing. I don’t know if that helps our man getting future projects of the ground, but at least it’s something.

  53. The Undefeated Gaul

    February 24th, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    ZERO TOLERANCE – one of a few of his I haven’t seen. Never seemed like he had much screentime in that, but if it ends up being worth watching, be sure to report back!

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