The Gardener (2021) Review

Directed by: Scott Jeffrey & Rebecca Matthews

Starring: Robert Bronzi, Gary Daniels

Synopsis: The quiet of the English countryside is shattered one brutal night in this intense home-invasion thriller. A troubled wealthy family gathers in a quaint manor home for the holidays, never suspecting that bloodthirsty, sadistic Volker (Gary Daniels, The Expendables) and his crew linger at the gates, ready to attack, rob, and maim them at nightfall. But they didn’t count on the estate’s quiet gardener, Peter Juhasz (Robert Bronzi, Death Kiss) , who must return to the savage ways he learned as a soldier to save the family

Review: Gary Daniels is a certified badass, he has an undeniable catalogue of great action movies, watching him play the role of a the bad guy is all always fun, remember Hatcher in ‘I Am Vengeance, when Daniels goes bad guy, he fully relishes in the role.

Bronzi is back after the throwback prison movie Death Block 13, this time he goes all Under Siege on us, Bronzi plays Peter a quiet Gardener who harbours a deadly set of skills, he must call upon said skills when the house he works for is attacked and he must defend the family.

I always enjoy Bronzi and I have always enjoyed watching Gary Daniels, this movie was a straight go-to. The Gardener is a fun action packed movie, with producers like Mark L Lester, that’s right, the director of Commando and Showdown In Little Tokyo along with Jeff Miller, a man who knows how to make low budgets seem big and has the ingredients to deliver a solid movie in little time! With these guys as producers we know we’re in for a blast.

Daniels gets to show us he can still kick ass and take names and is still built like he was twenty years ago, Daniels can still move the same, his martial arts has always been a thing of beauty to watch on screen, the speed and height of kicks and the flexibility, Daniels could move like actors out of HK cinema and yet all these years on it’s all the same, Daniels is a living Terminator!

Bronzi is still proving he can hold an action movie and you can see his enthusiasm for making movies, he doesn’t dial in a performance and as he does each film you can see he is settling into the action hero role. I have loved following his career from the first movie, Bronzi, keep kicking ass!

The opening is shocking and grabs your attention, it highlights how far Daniels and his group can go, creating a distaste for the villains. The finale, when Bronzi unleashes his deadly skills creates a fist clenching, punch the air rush of adrenaline that action fans will love. 

Overall, The Gardener is a movie action fans should go see, it brings back memories of the classic Cannon and PM movies from the good ol’ days!