Michael Jai White

The Accident Man (2018)

The Accident Man (2018)

Director:

Jesse V. Johnson

Starring:

Scott Adkins

Ray Stevenson

Amy Johnston

Michael Jai White

Ray Park

Plot:

Mike Fallon, the Accident Man, is a stone cold killer whose methodical hits baffle the police and delight his clients. He is the best at what he does. But when a loved one is dragged into the London underworld and murdered by his own crew, Fallon is forced to rip apart the life he knew in order to hold those accountable and avenge the one person who actually meant something to him.

Review:

Mike, Scott Adkins, is an assassin and he’s the best at what he does, he is not, however, good at romantic relationships and even though he loves a woman he can’t or won’t change and she leaves him because he’s an asshole.

She’s killed and he’s not happy about it, it doesn’t help that she was pregnant with his baby. Lots of violence and death ensue.

The story was surprisingly good in The Accident Man. The world wasn’t quiet as interesting as a John Wick movie, but there were still several good characters. Mick and Mac, Michael Jai White and Ray Park, were ex-special forces that made killings look like normal violent crimes. Amy Johnston’s character was an expert with a katana and decimated anyone in her way. Mike makes his killings look like normal accidents. It’s all kind of fun.

A surprisingly good story adds to what sets this movie apart from other direct to video action movies, the fact that everyone in this movie is great at fighting. Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, and Ray Park are incredible on their own but add them all together and it makes things even better. We got several great fights, next to no shaky cam, a bit too many quick cuts considering the level of fighters we had but since I’m sure this was filmed fairly quickly I can understand. Honestly I really enjoyed this movie, definitely one of the best direct to video action movies.

As Mike started his rampage I kept hoping that the characters would live so that we could get more, and there is definite room for another movie in this universe, but I almost wish they’d just make another movie with all these people all over again. I want another fight scene with those three, only this time I want it to be one shot.

The Accident Man was very great and I was very happy with it.

4/5

Skin Trade (2014)

Skin Trade

Skin Trade (2014)

Director:

Ekachai Uekrongtham

Starring:

Dolph Lundgren

Tony Jaa

Ron Perlman

Michael Jai White

Plot:

After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests, NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.

Review:

Lot of action names in this movie. The story was fairly mindless, I called everything that happened, there were several good fights, and the ending was weak.

Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, and Michael Jai White all had good fight scenes. There wasn’t much shaky cam, though, there were more quick edits than I wanted. Still I was surprised at how good the fights looked, considering the budget for the film.

Something that annoyed me were the edits through the movie. My husband said that some people said it was the directors style. I don’t know if that’s true, but it felt more unprofessional than a style choice. At one point Michael Jai White was talking with Dolph Lundgren while walking down a hall and then all of a sudden Robocop (Peter Weller) was talking in front of a large group of cops with DL and MJW in the room. It was not seamless and didn’t work with the story and stuff like that happened a few times.

The ending was a set up for a sequel, which is pretty ambitious for this type of movie, but it also took away from the impact of the ending. A helicopter has exploded, which is great, but instead of some cheesy line and riding off into the sunset, Lundgren’s character finds out his daughter is still alive. Which sets up a sequel and gives no real closer for the first movie.

3.5/5