Plot Summary: In Los Angeles, an ex-con takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.
Director: Ben Ramsey
Writer: Michael Andrews (screenplay)
Stars: Michael Jai White, Julian Sands and Eamonn Walker
Serious Jest: (Worth Watching) This is one of those borderline recommendations that got the pass only because I love martial arts. White seems to be a capable martial artist, but a leading actor he is not; his lines often seemed forced, and he really didn’t manage to humanize the tough guy he was playing. Walker, however, was solid as always, and managed to make this movie interesting beyond just the combat scenes. Dante Basco also brought a great deal of energy and charisma to his role. The story itself is actually pretty interesting. Unfortunately, it felt like the filmmakers are still honing their craft, and the execution fell a bit short. Some of the dialogue, camera angles, and situations were a bit cheesy. With some better actors and a better screenplay writer, this concept could produce a solid movie. In sum, though, I would not suggest this movie to your friends as a main event, but if you’re bored and someone throws it on, you might give an approving nod at the end, admit you were entertained, and conclude, “It was aiight.”