Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Kellan Lurz, Johhny Messner, Katie Winter, Daniel Dae Kim, James Remar, Nina Dobrev, Lauren Shihama, Irene Choi, Kofi Yaidom, Derek Mears, Dean J West,JasonZone Fisher, Kent Jude Bernard, Grant Case.
Plot: After his wife and unborn child are killed in a car accident David Lord [Kellen Lurz] goes off the rails and soon finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses. As death dealer he has to complete ten kills to gain his freedom. Will he survive and will he get his revenge?
Review: I was expecting this film to be just a blood fest and a predictable one at that and I wasn’t disappointed, although I did watch it because Samuel L Jackson was in it and for that reason only.
As far as films of this type go it was ok and no more, the fight scenes should have been extended and not glossed over as they were; it ended up with just a load of killing scenes.
There is a little bit of a back story to this to get you into it but not much of one, you have no real understanding of whom or what the characters are until near the end a little confusing at first, as I am not sure that firemen are trained in martial arts etc… I have never seen any that take part in ultimate fighter either, so the fact that he can disarm and kill a samurai as well as other trained fighters was really strange. The change of Heart for his kidnapper the gorgeous Katia Winter was a little predictable, but added humanity to the film. The main question I have is why? Mr Jackson Why? The only reason I can think he did this film was because he read the wrong script and thought oh go on then I’ll do it seeing I’m here!
But with that said if you’re not expecting too much out of a film and what you want is flat acting with plenty of blood sweat and guts, with the odd pair of tits thrown in. then this is the film for you. The ending is left open for a sequel, but if Mr Jackson has any scruples at all when he escaped at the end of this film he ran and ran, he then went into hiding till a proper script came along. Let’s hope the writers run out of paper when writing a follow up to this turkey!
Just as a side note, if you watch the trailer below you won’t actually have to watch the film as it pretty much sums it up.
5/10 watch on a cold dark day when there is only antiques roadshow on!