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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Movie Review: #SkinTrade Satisfies The Action Genre's Bloodthirsty Fans

Taking a page out of the Steven Segal movies of the 90's, Skin Trade harbors an incredibly simple vengeance plot loaded with enough macho posturing to satisfy the action genre's bloodthirsty fans.

New Jersey detective, Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok where he teams up with Thai detective, Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick had mistakenly killed Dragovic's son in a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed. With nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick and Tony traverse their way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent in to bring Nick home. But as the crossfire ensues, Nick has to determine who his true allies are.

Dolph Lundgren shows that he's still capable of kicking some serious butt as he relentlessly pursues Dragovic and his men, dispatching henchmen in brutal encounters. Sure some of the special effects are lacking, but that's certainly not the case when it comes to the fight scenes. Tony Jaa delivers some impressive karate skills, kicking ass and taking names.

Not only does Skin Trade star Jaa and Lundgren, but it also features Michael Jai White, Ron Perlman and Peter Weller, all delivering entertaining performances.

Let's face it, its not the big budget blockbuster of an Expendables, but there’s plenty of action movie greatness without getting bogged down egos and one liners. The stuntwork, however, is first rate, and Lundgren remains a convincing action figure. Jaa may be the biggest actor to come out of Thailand, and he more than holds his own against and alongside Lundgren. Skin Trade isn't breaking grounds on originality, but its intense action sequences are worth watching.

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