SKIN TRADE is a real surprise: a recent Thai action thriller that doesn't disappoint. In my view, CHOCOLATE was the last great Thai martial arts film and everything made since then has been a disappointment, but this B-movie thriller has more of an international flavour and excels in its depiction of non-stop action.
The plot sees various heroic types teaming up to tackle a Serbian gangster and his men. Tony Jaa is a Thai cop trying to break up a prostitution racket while Dolph Lundgren has his family massacred and goes on a revenge spree against those responsible. Ron Perlman is the baddie while Michael Jai White also co-stars. It was great to see Peter Weller too as the old police chief.
The story might be slim but the pace is very fast and the action offers a good mix of chases, hand-to-hand combat, and shoot-outs. Lundgren and Jaa make a good team and the latter in particular gets to show off his skills in a much better way than in his bit parts in the likes of FAST & FURIOUS 7 and XXX: THE NEXT LEVEL. Sure, there's plenty of camera tricks, wire work, and stunt doubling, but for pure action, SKIN TRADE delivers.
Nick, a tough NY cop, runs afoul of the Russian mob engaged in human trafficking, and they end up killing his wife and daughter for revenge. Determined to make them pay, he follows the kingpin to Bangkok, the hub of their activities. He teams up with a Thai detective and they decide to wipe out the entire organization and terminate their business entirely.
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June 15, 2015 at 02:26 AM