Cung Le delivers A Certain Justice

I’ve been a big fan of Cung Le for quite some time. From his prolific career in the Octagon to his gradual transition to the screen a few years back, he has demonstrated a natural charisma that draws on his best elements as a fighter and performer. From supporting roles in the likes of Bodyguards and Assassins, True Legend and The Man with the Iron Fists, to recent leads in fight films like Dragon Eyes and A Certain Justice (the …

When action runs In The Blood

Action star and Mixed Martial Arts icon Gina Carano is back in her latest asskicking venture, In The Blood. The film marks her first feature since Fast & Furious 6 and her first lead since Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. On the latter subject, this story and theme takes her back to the tough, no-holds-barred role she delivered so well in earlier work and, again, promises a setup which promptly lets her off the leash to brutally punish the bad guys! In …

Get Pumped for Generation Iron

I’ve been waiting a long time for this. Being a huge fan of the original Pumping Iron, the first trailer for Generation Iron promised more of the same… over 30 years since the original was first released! This concept, alone, was nothing short of a treat for fans. The original film introduced the world to a charismatic, charming young bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger who nurtured a crazy dream to become an actor. To this day, the film is well loved as a …

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist has landed

The long-awaited Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist has just landed and fans have been eager to see the results. Following the Street Fighter: Legacy short film released in 2010, this series has been years in the making and a genuine passion project for the development team of creatives Joey Ansah and Christian Howard, and producer Jacqueline Quella. Based on the popular video game series by Capcom, fans have been craving a faithful adaptation for years and have sadly been let down time …

Drive Hard to write full throttle action

Chad and Evan Law are a pair of talented brothers and the awesome writing team behind some of my favourite (and I feel strongest) DVD action movies in recent years, including Hero Wanted, The Hit List, One in the Chamber, Six Bullets and the forthcoming Daylight’s End. They recently worked on a new feature called Drive Hard, which we’ll discuss in a moment. Their writing is tight, well structured and takes screenplays in an ambitious direction most lower budget action projects avoid altogether and …

The Raid 2 is an action-packed gangster epic

I love The Raid. The neat, compact, tightly constructed original was slick, refined and relentless with tension. Plus, it gave an overwhelming sense of desperation, claustrophobia and frantic pace. After the bar was set ridiculously high with the first film, and having watched only a small handful of clips and teasers for the sequel, I was ready to have the bar raised once again. What I was surprised about and, in retrospect, refreshed with was that director Gareth Evans took …

Wesley Snipes and Gallowwalkers

Ahead of his much awaited return to the big screen later this year in The Expendables 3, I’ve been waiting for more projects from Wesley Snipes as one of my long-time favourite action stars. Recently, he returned in the heavily delayed western themed action-horror Gallowwalkers. First going into production in 2006 (originally attaching Chow Yun Fat as the star), the film is, sadly, a big letdown. In fact, with most of the movie completed through reshoots, there are pretty major …

Danny Trejo is back in Bullet

Danny Trejo has always been one of my favourite genre stars. Whether heading up grindhouse style action flicks or playing quirky cameos, his work is always entertaining, captivating and you can tell he has plenty of fun doing it! So it’s great we’ve been treated to a small flurry of Trejo releases in the home entertainment market lately. Machete Kills, Force of Execution, Dead in Tombstone… and now Bullet! Bullet is a great one because beyond Machete – which earned …

Ninja: Shadow of a Tear – Rebirth of a Franchise

Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, the latest title from director Isaac Florentine and star Scott Adkins proves this famous action team has a lot of new tricks on offer and plenty of fuel in the tank. What’s more, after the underwhelming original Ninja (2009), this sequel offers enough of an old-school homage and fresh dose of energy to stamp the Ninja franchise back on the map and establish itself a cult status alongside the iconic Undisputed series. It might sound …

Defending DTV Action

For a long time it’s bothered me how many viewers (especially those outside the action realm) turn their noses up and sneer at Direct to DVD films, particularly action. Here’s the thing: these films are often produced on an independent scale and while dramas or quirky, low-key comedies would be categorised as “indie”, a smaller action or fight flick will instantly receive its B-grade stamp. Often these are lower budget films admittedly forced to compete in a saturated DVD market …

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