Accident Man 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, Close Range, an awesome appearance in Marvel’s Doctor Strange and more recently Savage Dog. His latest film Accident Man, based off the comic from Pat Mills and Tony Skinner, offers up a great supporting cast including Michael Jai White, Ray Park, Ray Stevenson, David Paymer, Ashley Greene, and Amy Johnston, but does it deliver the expected action or will it fail to make the hit?
Accident Man follows Mike Fallon, the Accident Man, a stone cold killer whose methodical hits baffle the police and delight his clients. He is the best at what he does. But when a loved one is dragged into the London underworld and murdered by his own crew, Fallon is forced to rip apart the life he knew in order to hold those accountable and avenge the one person who actually meant something to him. This film reunites Adkins with his Savage Dog director Jesse V. Johnson who is no stranger to the genre with Pitt Fighter, The Last Sentinel and the upcoming Triple Threat. This film wastes no time letting you know that this is going to not only bring the pain, but the fun as well.
This is the perfect vehicle for Adkins as it allowed him to once again flex his acting chops and his martial arts skills to perfection. The story is just simple enough to keep things moving at a fast past and only slows down enough to keep the story intact, but there is no doubt that this is about the action and there is plenty of it. The introduction to all the characters gives that comic vibe, but does so in a way that is fun and informative allowing for the story to move on without wasting a ton of time. I loved each of their intros and it let you know perfectly who they are and what they are capable of. Each of the cast do a great job with the Michael Jai White and Ray Park duo stealing the show and need their own spin-off film.
When Adkins is unleashed on the rest of the film it is a nonstop barrage of fun and fists with one of the most fun being a two on one fight in a dojo that was a martial arts dream fight. Martial arts fans will get no shortage of awesome fights and action throughout with each character getting their moment to shine. The choreography is well done, the story works and the end result is yet another excellent entry into not only the Adkins archive, but the comic genre. I seriously hope this is only the beginning of this franchise as there are so many more stories you can tell with this character. As with all of these kinds of films you have to get out there and support it for us to get more entries and Adkins is not only fighting on the screen, but against piracy, so please go purchase or rent his latest the Accident Man so it supports getting more films like this made.
In addition to the film this release also includes bonus content including commentary and featurettes taking you behind the action. Get in on the action and grab your copy of Accident Man when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on February 20th from Sony Home Entertainment.