Directed By: Ross Boyask
Starring: Stu Bennett, Gary Daniels, Bryan Larkin & Anna Shaffer
Synopsis: When ex-soldier turned mercenary, John Gold, learns of the murder of his best friend, he sets off on a mission to find out what happened. What he discovers is a sinister conspiracy and he sets about taking down those responsible one by one.
Review: Stu Bennett makes his first appearance as John Gold, a former soldier turned Punisher-esque badass. I missed this movie when initially released and only caught up on it now. With the sequel looming i thought i had to see this, being a fan of director Ross Boyask and lead villain Gary Daniels i knew i would enjoy it.
I had come across a few negative reviews for this movie. it didn’t put me off. People are always expecting blockbuster budgets and feel cheated when they don’t get what they expect. These people need to stick to their stunt doubled filled, CGI laced over budgeted actioners and leave the tight budget, strict scheduled, blood, sweat and tears movies out of their clouded eyes. As they haven’t an understanding.
The movie was fun, John Gold was a character pulled straight out of the classic 80’s action movies. Back in the day Schwarzenegger would have been playing this type of character. Spewing one liners and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. This movie is kind of feels like an updated British reboot of Commando. Well more of a love letter to that genre in that period. Stu Bennett is well cast as our hulking tough-as-nails hero John Gold.
Leading the villains is Gary Daniels, who you can tell is loving playing the part of Hatcher. Gary is rockin’ a cool mustache and the part of Hatcher is defo up there with memorable characters he has played. Not going to lie i kind of liked him and wanted him to get away.
The movie is loaded with fight scenes. With it being a small budgeted movie don’t be expecting major set pieces. The final fight between Bennett and Daniels was a highlight, its a brutal pound for pound battle. I would recommend for action fans who love old school throwback movies! Stu Bennett cements himself as an upcoming action powerhouse.