Eliminators review by Bobby Blakey
It is not a big secret that I love martial arts films and one of my favorites is Scott Adkins. Recently he had a pretty cool role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, but that doesn’t slow him down on stepping into some smaller action roles. His latest film Eliminators teams him up with WWE superstar Wade Barrett, but does the film offer up the usual action Adkins is known for or should the role have been eliminated before it started?
Eliminators follows a former US Federal Agent who must abandon the witness protection program and come out of hiding when his London home is invaded in error due to a wrong address. When the event ends with multiple homicides, the news triggers those hunting him to send Europe's most dangerous assassin to kill him. Now on the run with his daughter's life in jeopardy, a determined father must get her to safety before the people he's been hiding from track him down. This is pretty much the kind of movie you expect with these straight to home releases. The story is pretty simple and nothing we haven’t seen before in these old school style action flicks, but with Adkins involved it always feel like something more. This film offers up his usual action flare that fans love making it yet another decent entry into his filmography. The martial arts action is great, but not all quite as on par to what he has done with his Ninja or Undisputed franchise, but still great nonetheless. With WWE Studios involved a lot of times the action surprisingly doesn’t live up to what you would expect, but Wade Barrett brings something cool to his role. Some of the best action here are the fight scenes between Adkins and Barrett that are no holds barred and a lot of fun to watch.
In the end this is an average action film made all the better thanks to Adkins usual charm and action prowess. Fans of his will no doubt enjoy it, but for those outside of his fan base may see it as just an average action vehicle and that is ok with the sea of really bad ones out there.