By: Braden White We all know the feeling of weight being lifted off our shoulders, finishing an essay during crunch time, or even cleaning your room before your mom comes […]
By: Braden White
We all know the feeling of weight being lifted off our shoulders, finishing an essay during crunch time, or even cleaning your room before your mom comes home. None of us, however, know this feeling better than martial arts superstar, Scott Adkins, upon completion of his passion project, Accident Man. Not only did Adkins star in this action-thriller, he also wrote the script (along with long time friend, Stu Small) and produced the film that is based on a 90’s British comic book.
Written by Tony Skinner and Pat Mills, and published by Toxic! Comics, Adkins got his hands on the book, which follows Mike Fallon, a professional hitman who specializes in making his hits look like accidents, and always dreamed of seeing it turned into a feature film. After years of no traction on the book, he took matters in his own hands and bought the rights to make the film. To call this anything other than a passion project would not do it any justice.
Scott Adkins stars as Mike Fallon, “The Accident Man.” After a long night of hits, he takes out his built-up aggression (or as he refers to it, Post-Murder Tension or PMT) by testing his fighting prowess on unwilling and unknowing bar patrons. After he finds out that his ex-girlfriend, a greens activist, is murdered, he smells suspicion and knows it was the work of a professional. To add insult to injury, it was someone in his own crew. From then on, he goes around kicking and punching answers out of everyone he can until he gets to the bottom of who ordered the hit.
Directed by Jesse V. Johnson, a former stuntman himself, this film features an all-star cast of action stars. Joining Adkins is Michael Jai White (Spawn, Falcon Rising, Black Dynamite) and Ray Park (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, G.I. Joe, Heroes) as Mick and Mac, tag-team ex-special forces turned Mercenaries, and Amy Johnston (Lady Bloodfight, Female Fight Squad, Stunts on Iron Man and The Avengers) as Jane the Ripper, a samurai-trained female killing machine. Also in the crew are Perry Benson as Finnicky Fred, Ross O’Hennessy as Carnage Cliff, and Stephen Donald as Poison Pete. Leading the bunch is Big Ray, portrayed by Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone), a retired hitman and Mike’s mentor. Dishing out the hits is the middleman Milton, portrayed by David Paymer (City Slickers, Mighty Joe Young, Ocean’s Thirteen), an American who sports English vocabulary like he’s auditioning for knighthood.
Helming the fight choreography is Sweden-born martial artist Tim Man, who has worked with Adkins on films such as Ninja: Shadow of a Tear and Boyka: Undisputed 4. Th fights are jam packed and work to each of the actor’s strengths brilliantly. A couple of the highlights are Fallon vs. Mick and Mack, and Mike vs. Jane the Ripper. The choreography gives everyone a chance to shine equally, which is great considering the amount of martial arts talent.
Overall, the film is very entertaining and gives Scott Adkins fans a great level of action that they are accustomed to while not abandoning the story. There have been talks of turning this into a trilogy with each movie being based off of a different chapter of the graphic novel. I give it a solid 8/10 solely for the fact that Amy Johnston only got one fight scene, but beggers can’t be choosers. Accident Man is available now on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital Download
About The Author: Braden White is martial artist who is a 3rd Degree Black Belt, actor and screenwriter from Oklahoma. He is a self proclaimed action/martial arts film expert and is a part time contributor to Action-Flix.Com