Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday review by Bobby Blakey
I love all things martial arts so it is a given that I am a sucker for martial arts flicks. One of my favorite martial arts action stars is Scott Adkins who has made a name for himself offering up some awesome entries into the genre including the Undisputed and Ninja franchises and more recently as one of the badass Nazarian Brothers in Day Shift currently streaming on Netflix. In 2018 Adkins starred in the film Accident Man, based off the comic from Pat Mills and Tony Skinner. Now he is back once again with Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday with directors George Kirby and Harry Kirby taking the helm, but does it bring the promised action or will it be an accident that you can’t recover from?
Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday follows the Accident Man, who must best the top assassins in the world, to protect the ungrateful son of a mafia boss, save the life of his only friend and rekindle his relationship with his maniacal father figure. In the sequel it features the return Ray Stevenson reprising his role of Big Ray and Perry Benson as Finicky Fred along with new additions including Sarah Chang, Faisal Mohammed, Beau Fowler, and George Fouracres.
The first movie was the perfect vehicle for Adkins and his passion to bring the character to the big screen exploded through his performance and ass kicking fun. Now that he is back I expected more of the same and was not disappointed, but this is not the same film at all and that is a good thing. Where the first film had its light moments it was still pretty dark in its tone a violence. This time around the bad ass action is intact as is the story, but infused with a lot more light hearted humor that gave it a more comic book feel.
Adkins dives right back into the character and this new tone fits perfectly with the new life that Fallon has made for himself complete with a Pink
Panther homage of a mystery person random attacking him which makes for some great unexpected action moments. While there are plenty of laughs make no mistake there are some full on bloody bad ass fights that are top notch. Adkins brings his A game per usual along with the kinetic energy to every fight with each one being better than the last. My personal favorite is the bloodiest of them all near the end of the film.
While I think they are different films tonally I think I really dig this film more than the first and hope that future entries (which we better get) stick to this tone. Check out Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday when it hits theaters, VOD and Digital on October 14th from Samuel Goldwyn Films.