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The plot is all over the place. Scott and his movie daughter are apparently in witness protection and some dudes invade his home out of pure stupidity and coincidence. So Scott has to let out his superhero alter ego and brutally murder everyone. Except his daughter of course. Well, since he is all over the news now, he is kind of hunted by the crime boss he was hiding from in witness protection.
Cinematography is actually quite nice. Good camera movement for the nearly exploitative action scenes. Also good editing - you always have an overview what happens, and if you don't, it is intended and enhances suspense a little. The flick uses toned down colors to convey the gritty and realistic feel. In total, I would say the movie is competently shot on a technical level.
The actors...well there is Scott Atkins, who is not known for his acting ability, but for his amazing martial arts. But I think he became quite convincing in the last years. The thing is, he never really has a role that needs his acting chops. It's not different here. Apart from him, there is maybe the main bad guy that is somehow memorable. He does have the physical presence needed, he seems intimidating when he is walking along with his firearms. Acting wise, there is not much happening though.
So in essence, the film could have been better with a more interesting script and maybe more interesting dialogue. Some people die and you should be feeling something, but you don't. That is the fault of the script. It is very bare minimum story as set up for really really good action scenes. So really, good movie for Scott Atkins fans and martial arts enthusiasts. The rest of potential audiences won't get much out of the movie though.
Five out of ten for general movie competence and action scenes.
Lots of poor and corny dialogue and poor decisions by the good guys. You know the sort of thing - not killing the baddie when you can and letting his escape. Yawn. Also the thing about the goody being shot but then doing martial arts, etc. as if nothing had happened. Thought this had gone out at least two decades ago. Yawn (again). Lots of drawn-out sequences. And plot holes and logic, particularly at the beginning and the end. Oh dear...
And what the title has to do with the story is anyone's guess. Although the producers probably thought it was better than ' A bit of editing could have improved it, but switch off any kind of logical thinking and, if you've nothing better to watch (and preferably if it's on TV), and you like Scott Adkins and his fighty arts, waste an hour and a half on it if you must.
After a home invasion our main character kill 3 bad guys to protect him self and his daughter,he wakes up in a hospital, charged of murdering said bad guys in cold blood. One thing leads to another his face is all over the news,and someone who thought he was dead hires a A so called Pro hit-man to kill him. The problem, is the movie takes place in London,which is one of the most CCTV cities in the world,yet there no APB on him.Even though he start spraying bullets in public This movie is so full of stupid plot holes that you cringe.
But I give it two stars cause unlike other movies with Martial arts in them,here the camera actually take a step back, and let you have a good clear overview of whats happening. Which is really nice. The fights scenes are sadly not so elegantly executed. Scott is and excellent fighter, but his on screen repertoire,sadly consist of very much the same strikes and kicks,with a few exceptions.
Make no mistake this is D-movie at best
The start of the movie was laughable and a complete contrived mess. The conduct of the investigating officer and news reporting is unacceptable and totally unrealistic. We have two federal agents in a safe house, one armed with an automatic 9MM and the other with a shotgun. The hit- man is clearly framed in the centre of the hole in the wall he blew out. Both Federal agents (one in witness protection) fire repeatedly and yet miss? The hit-man fires back with a 55.6 AR15, the main guy is hiding behind a tin tray table and the rounds do not go through? Guys, if you are going to have action scenes please please get a technical adviser in to give you some reality! A complete duff of a film.
The basic plot is a protracted race against time for the character named Thomas, an American agent whose cover has been blown in England. The main strand of the film is Thomas' desperate attempt to reunite with his daughter before she is harmed, or (much worse) kidnapped by her grandfather. This ludicrous narrative is never believable, and neither are the characters.
The film starts with an enormous plot hole when Thomas is arrested and locked to a hospital bed after he was the victim of a random act of violence in his own home. The arrest made no sense because Thomas was only protecting himself and his daughter against armed intruders.
Another shortcoming of the film was to leave undeveloped the past of Thomas in which his wife died during one of his undercover operations. The circumstances of her death were never made clear, and this pattern of providing insufficient exposition continued throughout the film.
The characters were all nondescript. While Thomas was a likable protagonist, it was difficult to truly care about his situation because his and the other characters were were presented as melodramatic stereotypes.
And the principal focus was always on the wrestling and fight choreography.
But lets face it this poor scenario has been played to death by Billy Blanks, Gary Daniels, Don Wilson, and so on back in the days, this is 2017 and i guess that people have seen enough of the tournament fighting crap, or the bad martial arts plot.
Its really sad because Adkins as replace all those awful bad actors in is b movie direct to video, except for small parts in big feature film where he has so much makeup you don't recognize him he will never leave the direct to video movie land.
Poor Scott is 25y to late.
Scott Adkins is an undercover agent who falls for the crime bosses daughter and an event leads to a confrontation. It sets in motion the plot of the movie and boy are their some fantastic action sequences. It is literally a non stop action movie full of chase scenes and great fight sequences.
The movie itself is very well shot and during the fight scenes, you actually see the fight rather than a misuse of close up shots. I am not familiar with the director, but he did a good job with those sequences.
I think the movie is refreshing and not too clichéd. I highly recommend this to action movie fans and fans of Adkins. Very entertaining, a 9 out of 10.
Make no mistake, from the awful opening 1980's "look at my muscles" shots on a Scott Adkins who looks like he's about to make gay porn instead of get dressed for work (in a pseudo Nazi-esque uniform) through to the point above (where I turned it off) this is an utterly dismal movie.
Someone reviewed this travesty and said :"it's Scott Adkins so you can expect lousy acting" - to be honest, I am still waiting for acting that makes it even close to the "lousy" bar.
Add in an inexplicably crap hit-man (trained at MI6 - but about as useful as penis flavored lollypop in a lesbian bar) and the exact same martial arts move over and over again (Oh look - a roundhouse kick..... *yawn*) the only thing left to save this "movie" would have been an intense, lingerie heavy, erotic, girl on girl scene between the female baddie extra and the female goodie social worker extra - but sadly, the closest this trash gets to anything even remotely that exciting is an implication that the female baddie extra shoots the female goodie social worker extra when she's unconscious (you can't see if she actually does because the bad guy is Santa Clausing himself up the stairs and he's about the width of Manhattan ( in a "Santa Claus needs to eat WAY fewer cookies" way not in a "wow - the Rock has really been working out!!" way.))
Avoid. I guarantee you the reviews for the movie are far more entertaining than the movie itself. Worst thing is - the plot has been tried and tested thousands of times - it is SUPER hard to get it wrong. The morons who made this crap succeeded ONLY in achieving that dubious accolade.
I found the film boring as this genre has been over ran with mano a mano cat and mouse films with a little girl liability. Sometimes the girl helps in being saved, sometimes not, but the formula doesn't deviate. This one had a small twist at the end which didn't make the film any better. Acting was a phone in and dialogue was as dry as a London newspaper. Oh yeah, bad guy drives a BMW- not a Jag or Audi.
Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity
Like stylish action thrillers since Bourne, it sees the protagonist as a fallen American hero in London. In Keeping with the zeitgeist, our hero and villain are tech savy and expertly trained in hand to hand combat. There is of course homage to the genre in the form of high speed antics in a classic German 'whip' (in this case a beautiful example of a 1984 BMW 635 csi). Night action around famed London landmarks adds to the element.
There is some empathy inducing, partial blurring of the good/bad divide through the character of the grandfather, but not the sort of moral dilemma that will hold attention after the credits role.
Certainly watchable, if more so for the visuals than the dialogue, and fairly engaging. The action choreography was quite decent and, as someone who has been on that side of production, lending a sense of 'believable' to the fight sequences.
Better than a Sunday afternoon 'fighty film'.
There is a moment in this film where the hit-man and Scott and his FBI buddy are in shoot out at safe out. I don't think I have seen more misses at such close range since England at Penalties. The plot is just not believable. some massive plot holes, like the police arresting someone who been a victim of a house invasion. Yes they would detain him, but handcuffing him and not providing protection is just unbelievable.
The funny parts are, James Cosmo aka "Hamish" from braveheart tying to hide his Scottish accent. The trope of the FBI lady in office, sorting things out. Guard getting caught off guard when peeing, missing a 10 yard shotgun shot. Being pinned down and being able to vanish like a ninja, and The hacking tablet from god. plenty more but its just not worth it. The round house kick over and over. The best European assassin who is so bad you wonder if he has ever killed anyone he's been hired to kill.
I honesty think this film suffers from the action over plot issue and Oh look another fight scene with pauses to talk to each other. The acting is just as bad, and clearly everyone has been edited or hired to look worse that Scott Adkins so he looks like he can act.
Not worth my time, or yours.
I was hoping to see some adrenal funneling thriller. But no such scenes were there. Story and scenes clearly lack the hollywood's CIA , FBA or else ex-militia touch and came no where near comparing with them.
Poor direction and Story.
This is quite an enjoyable gem with some clever (fight) sequences, kudos to the bottle cap moment during Wade Barrett's first action scene & the aerial tramway fight. There's also a nice tension going on in the film at times, which does make you want to keep watching.
The downside offcourse is the acting is not great & most characters won't stay in your memory very long. Also Barrett's villain was quite cliché with his taunting. In the end though it's not what action fans usually look for in a low budget actioner & "Eliminators" is certainly good viewing material for Scott Adkins fans, who will see their favorite martial arts star go up against wrestler Wade Barrett in two raw put together fight sequences!