Honor offers raw and well-known Martial Arts mixed with a good storyline - wait.. what? I must've missed that while watching the movie - and great characters - yeah right - who are portrayed with the greatest finesse. Violent street gangs, chilly prisons and horrid gang wars all lead to one crucial fight, a fight for only one thing: honor!
At least, that's what the back of the DVD promises.. and let me tell you something: it doesn't look all that promising to me. Three-times world champion Remy 'The flying Gentleman' Bonjasky is staring at me from the cover. Along with some other guy who's name I forgot (was he even introduced?.. and what was his part again, apart from one or two fight scènes?).
On to the 'plot':
When pretty boy Gabriel (Jason Barry) returns from the army, he finds out his 'former' friend Ray (Russel Wong) terrorizes his home town. Ray runs an underground fightclub and the shops in town get a little visit from his 'entourage' every now and then. While everyone pays Ray without questioning him, former police officer LT Tyrell (Roddy Piper) refuses to be the puppet of his son's murderer. Seems like a good plot, doesn't it? It's a shame some things kinda ruined it.
Like for example.. Gabriel is walking around town, dirty faced and wearing a long trenchcoat. Now that isn't a problem at all - the problem is that he randomly pops up at important scenes. That just a little bit "Too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence"..
There's another thing that bothered me; the movie is cheap.. The acting is cheap (even though the actors are not that bad at all), the filming is cheap (makes me think of 'as the world turns'), even the music is cheap (sounds like those sound effects/background music you can download for free).
And then there is Remy Bonjasky, three-times K1 World Grand Prix Champion. Holland's proud of him (well, Dutch people who are into martial arts), even I'm proud of him.. He should do what he does best, fighting.. And that does not include acting - which he officially sucks at. I'd have to be really honest and confess that I only bought the movie because I thought that with Bonjasky in it, the fights should be worth watching (and on the other hand, I wanted to see how bad his acting is). And it's bad.. like really bad. For example in one of the fighting scenes, one guy cuts him with a knife, leaving a bleeding wound on his stumic. Instead of feeling pain, like a normal person would, he stares at it, makes some kind of wolvish noise and attacks the guy who did it to him. I'm not sure what that was all about, but he either trained his muscles so hard that he can't feel pain no more, or he was in his Hulk-mode.. (I'd put my money on the last one).
Now I can be going on about how bad this movie is.. but I'd have to say that I did like the fighting scenes. The camerawork was acceptable and the techniques were great.
And I laughed so hard at a particular scene in which Gabriel unlocked a door, without putting the keys in the lock..
But, they lied to me on the back of the DVD.. There were no chilly prisons, no great characters and the 'gang' seemed a little bit too amateuristic for my taste. So.. in conclusion, was this movie was worth my five euros? Definitely No.
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