Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Skin in the Game

We went into Skin Trade (2014) to see Tony Jaa and Michael Jai White, two of our favorite martial arts stars - two of the most underused. Honestly, I would have liked to see more of both, but the movie was about more than them.

Basically, Tony Jaa is a Thai cop fighting human traffickers at the source. Dolph Lundgren is an American cop, fighting at the destination. Ron Perlman is the Russian running the girls, White is CIA. I think that covers it.

I'm really beginning to take to Dolph Lundgren. The big lug gets better looking the older and more battered he gets. He picked a topic that he clearly feels strongly about, unlike the silly Taken movies. The director, Ekachai Uekrongtham (Beautiful Boxer), does a good job on the action, and equally good on the drama. Jaa does a little more acting and a little less ass-kicking, and both are fine.

My main complaint is that Jai White got ripped off on screen time and fights, really just one. He looks great in suits, though.

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