Accident Man (2018)
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Enter Scott Adkins. Adkins is a veteran Uk actor and action movie star. Not just a pretty face and a lethal right foot, he is a professional actor who is also a very good martial artist. Coinicidentally, he has been wanting to make an Accident Man movie since reading it as a kid. Not known for his screenwriting, this is his first attempt (with another newbie writer Stu Small), after putting up his own money to secure the rights. Basically, it's a total passion project for Adkins, and passion is very important when making a movie, right?
First up, I have to say that I loved Accident Man through and through. The plot is taken from the comic itself, although embellished for filmic purposes, as are several characters. For those who get annoyed with film adaptations messing with the source material this is a godsend - this would even bring a smile to Alan Moore's face (okay, that might be stretching it). Adkins himself is pretty spot on as Fallon, and would have been inspired casting even if he weren't otherwise involved. Elsewhere he ropes in stunt and fighting mates like Michael jai White, Ray Park and the impreesive Amy Johnston to bring some of Fallon's fellow hit persons to life. Also in the mix is Ray Stevenson as the owner of the assassins bar where they all congregate and get their jobs. (There's more to the character than this but I don't want to spoil anything). Throw in some recognisable, reliable British character actors and you have a surprisingly solid cast.
As far as action goes, it's all done brilliantly. All the players are experts at on screen (and off) butt kicking, so the level of expertise rivals some of Jackie Chan's movies. The direction eschews the usual Hollywood fast cutting for lengthier shots showcasing the moves involved and it makes quite a difference to the feel of the film. A nice touch is Fallon's voiceover that permeates the film, bringing some very nice humour to the proceedings and mirroring the narration in the comic exactly. The whole thing is very British, very violent and very amusing and very not safe for work.
If you enjoed Adkins in the Undisputed movies this is a must.
If you've not read the comic, it's well worth checking out. If you liked Deadpool you will love this as a more grass roots version (Adkins and Reynolds are quite similar looking, too). If you like guff like Rise Of The Foot Soldier and the like you'll love this for the cockney smack ups and superior plot/dialogue. If you just lik action movies with decent fights you'll love this. Most of all, if you ARE a fan of the comic you have no excuse, as this is one of the best comic to screen adaptaions yet. Set up nicely for a sequel, Accident Man doesn't slip up even once.
If you know Scott Adkins, you're already on board.
Ive read alot of comparison reviews for this movie but few have called out that it is very very very VERY much a retelling of a John Wick movie. Staying spoiler free: the movie centers around a group of unique hit men and women that hang out at a safe location and live by a set of rules. When things go south for one of the hitmens loved ones, he finds himself pitted against his hit men/women. Sound familiar? Yup. Did i mention the hitmans name is Baba Yaga? ok..im kidding about that.
So...getting past the movies "inspiration"...is it any good?
For me...mostly yes. Adkins stoic-ness, delivery and accent do come across very Jason Statham like. His fighting skills and the overall fight choreography provides some decent fight scenes. They dont measure up against the creme de la creme of action scenes (ie: The Raid) but they are solid.
The premise is great to have a rag tag band of characters and the movie delivers there...each hit person being an extreme archetype. The flick gets extra credit for its inclusion of the great Michael Jai White.
I would probably rate the movie as a B- direct-to-video flick. Theres a pretty nifty character back story within that may bump my rating up to a B. Overall its a fun, breezy, straight forward action/revenge flick. I would definitely be onboard for a sequel.
However, when a hit is put out on Fallon's pregnant former girlfriend, all hell will break loose and things will really go "off the rails" There is quite a bit of deadpan humor in the film, amidst all the carnage and some of it can be efffecitve.
Overall, I would say the plot here is ridiculous, but if you don't mind all the violence the movie did for the most part keep my interest, and I have seen worse.
The Bad: The movie itself is pretty bad, with a story that is too thin to be noticed and the holes are filled with cliches which you've seen in all other action movies. This however doesn't kill the movie, as long as you don't take it too seriously.
The mediocre: Surprisingly the fights. Adkins shows some kicks but very few acrobatics for his doing. The problem with the fights is that they're too well choreographed and it feels more like dancing, than rough fighting. And with so much talent in one fight (MJ White, Adkins, Ray Park) I expected to be more impressed, but the action was never above average.
The good (there is no good, just the ok.) The ok part is that the actors seem to have fun. Ray Stevenson, Adkins, Ray Park and some others seemed to enjoy their parts with slight overacting, which suits this comic-book styled movie. Good for Adkins that this movie felt different, after a while of making the same movie over and over. Unless you disagree here and feel like the Undisputed, Ninja, Close Range and other movies felt like completely different and unique movies. But for me the biggest plus is that this had elements of comedy and Adkins did fine here. That doesn't mean the acting is good, but it was absolutely slightly better than before.
This has all the bells and whistles of a good action film including the expected fight between Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White. The film used 10 body double stunt people for people who typically do stunts, go figure. The ending allows for a sequel and had a little joke with with Adkins Bandages. Good characters and dialogue.
Guide: F-word. Brief sex and nudity (Brooke Johnston)
Now that we're 20-30 years past those days there are a few action heroes trying to bring the genre back to life. Among them is Scott Adkins. With supporting roles in films like THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM and THE EXPENDABLES 2 and having starred alongside the aforementioned Van Damme in ASSASSINATION GAMES and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, Adkins has made a name for himself as the heir apparent to the genre. But others have come and failed in the past. Can he achieve the success they missed? With ACCIDENT MAN it appears that there is a distinct possibility.
Adkins stars as Mike Fallon, one of a team of professional assassins for hire that work out of a bar owned by ex-killer Big Ray (Ray Stevenson). Each has their own particular style and abilities with Fallon's being able to make a murder seem like an accident. When the film opens he's killed one man making it look like suicide. He visits a nearby pub to work off the adrenaline by duking it out with a few unsavory types and then heads to Big Ray's bar.
At the bar we find Milton (David Paymer) in charge of making the arrangements for each kill. Fallon is given two assignments, the second of which he finds himself a potential target. Then word reaches him that his ex-girlfriend Beth has been killed during a random break in. In addition to that he also learns she was pregnant with his child. Visiting the crime scene, accessing the police department's files on the case he can tell this was not the work of two crackheads. In fact he recognizes it as the work of two fellow team mates.
This sets in motion a series of events that find Fallon facing off against his team mates as he tries to uncover the person responsible for placing the contract on his ex. Each step of the way he gains more information but with each new clue the potential for one of those members to show increases. Now he not only has to find who is responsible but face those members as well, discovering who is best in the process.
Adkins has that potential to be a bigger star than he is already. With gruff good looks and tremendous ability in martial arts skills women will fall in love and men will enjoy the action sequences. In addition to that his acting skills rate higher than most as well.
The rest of the cast is equally adept at the fight sequences with some of the best names in the business. One pair, Mike and Mack, are played by Michael Jai White (SPAWN, BLACK DYNAMITE) and Ray Park (Darth Maul from STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE), get into an amazing fight scene with Adkins that has him battling both men at the same time. It's an extremely well-choreographed scene that moves the story forward without any of the three losing their life. Actress and stunt woman Amy Johnston also has an amazing fight sequence with Adkins that is amazing.
One nice thing about the movie is that it never takes itself too seriously. What could have been bogged down as a man looking for revenge focusing more on the plot line as to why it happened instead plays out in comic book format here with over the top bad guys and assassins, never going deep into the motives for what happens as much as just using that to move the story forward and providing sensible reasons why the fight scenes take place. In other words rather than try to be high-brow it instead becomes a fun and darkly humorous story with plenty of action taking place.
The odds that this film ever played in a theater nearby are slim but it is readily available to buy or rent and for those who enjoy this sort of film you won't be disappointed. If cursing, high body counts, gruesome gore and all around mayhem aren't your thing you might want to miss it. If it is your thing then by all means look for this one and have a fun filled night.
The action sequences are well done with decent martial arts fight scenes that are enjoyable for the most part. That said, why not be original rather than aping a superior film?
A mixed cast with some real acting talent do help to lift this flick but really its not enough to make it shine.
An OK watch if you like martial arts films. Five out of ten from me.
The narrator at the start went on for too long setting the scene for something the did not quite happen. The Accident Man who made a living making it look like an accident and had "Transporter" type rules, really did not do it much in the end. He just beat the crap out everyone that pissed him off. Rules, hey what rules. One of the rules was not to beat up a certain guy he worked with and that was broken too!
Scott Adkins is indeed a brilliant fighter and his kicks were technical and brutal so enjoyable to watch. Some opponents such as Jane The Ripper had no such skills, with sloppy kicks that looked more like dance moves which reminded me of Sharon Stone fighting with Arnold Schwarzenegger in total recall.
I give it a 4 because its good mindless fun with action a plenty, lots of action movie cliches like a pretty girl with a Katana, but cant give it much higher because the plot and the protagonists motivation was too far fetched.
So OK, "Accident" is overly violent, overly twisted, overly demented, and has a direct-to-video title. Still, it distracts the viewer by being a tad tongue-in-cheek and containing some ruffian dialogue. Plus, it has an intricate story to tell. I might be going against my better judgment but I'm gonna surrender and recommend this thing anyway.
Accident Man has director Jesse V. Johnson shooting the film with mucked up freeze-frames. He's like an unbalanced Quentin Tarantino or Guy Ritchie on steroids. As "Accident's" poster looking like Thor: Ragnarok resonates, bones are cracked, tons of people are killed, and slow-motion, martial artistry is a mainstay.
A predominance of "Accident" is about the hitman being the inevitable hit. You've seen this before in other flicks. Johnson gives the British proceedings a mean-spirited, cynical feel. It may be off-putting at times but heck, it just works.
Accident Man's story involves one Mike Fallon (Adkins). He was bullied as a kid before he toughened up, mentored an older contract killer, and became a contract killer himself. Mike's method of offing someone involves making it look like an accident (hence the name of the movie).
When Fallon's pregnant ex-girlfriend gets murdered by someone in his own, hitmen-circled crew, he turns detective and eventually seeks vengeance. Adkins looks like Maroon 5's Adam Levine but don't worry. Looks can be deceiving. Scott is a confident badass, delivering his lines with consummate vigor while he barrels through "Accident" as if he were the only Caucasian in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
All in all, Accident Man is a glistening, draining thriller that may upset you. It has shots of head dismemberment, clips of double-crossing, a soundtrack mixed with RocknRolla ditties and synthesizer marks, and an off-the-grid likeness channeling Kill Bill. Yeah it's no "accident" that I kinda dug its hardcore groove. Rating: 3 stars.
I have been surreptitiously following Scott Adkins career for a few years with films such as Ninja, Shadow of a Tear; Close Range, Savage Dog and Boyka; watching him slowly make his ascent into blockbuster movies like Dr Strange.
Accident Man is a same, same but different kind of film for Scott which although, like many of his movies, follows the tried and tested storyline of revenge for a loved one; is filmed in London with a selection of accomplished and not too well known American, Irish and Scottish actors parading as cockney Brits. I wouldn't go so far as to say it is a love child of Quentin Tarrantino and Guy Richie, but there are elements of the two as well as a good dose of John Wick storyline and action.
It's not a bad movie, the action is good and the storyline keeps you entertained. Jesse V. Johnson shows some potential in the direction; the acting is okay with good efforts from Ray Stevenson, Ashley Greene and David Paymer; an okay script and a raw edge with a respectable musical score. However, the film lacks depth and intrigue. Fight choreography is decent and the dry humour keeps the movie from taking itself too seriously. I would say that this is definitely a step in the right direction for Scott; I could and would like to see him in Bondesque roles. I feel he is still to have his major breakthrough part but all in all I would give this a score of 6/10.
(Ray Park) known for Darth Maul In Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Toad X-MEN (2000), Snake Eyes GI Joe, GI Joe Relation was in this movie. his character play's Partner to Mac he was soldier partner with Mac in team then he became a hitman as well. he did good in movie. Big Ray (Ray Stevenson) known for Punisher War Zone, his character is like Character Winston In John Wick they don't have BEST Chemistry in movie like that but he trained Mike how fight, To Make things look like accident his character is not much to say. but Another Character i really liked was Jane The Ripper (Amy Johnston) Lady Bloodfight, Female Fight Club. Character is really deadly in movie she is a killer just like Ms Perkins but a lot deadly. she left her parents when she was 16 then she went to japan to train martial arts and her Katana Swords skills killed her trainer becomes killer. she becomes a prostitute and owned a lot of guys with her sword. she is not girl you want to mess with.
Mike EX Girlfriend dragged into the London underworld and murdered. it's on going revenge film like when i say it's mixed Mechanic is because he makes things look like a Accident. Just Like with Mechanic then goes with different direction of Mike is going for Revenge for his EX Girlfriend dies then switch's it like it's John Wick, With Snatch or Lock Stock Two Smoking Barrels is because it's British Film in Bar drinking just like with Snatch and Lock Stock same film. but believe this is a lot worth it to see this movie a lot fun a lot fun it's worth watching. a lot of, a lot of ACTION, ACTION, ACTION scene kinda rip off scene from 4th Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning when Scott Adkins character is in Apartment crazy big guy with AXE is going insane swinging AXE around and woman in Apartment is hiding while Scott Adkins fighting with Villain just like 4th Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning but it's not rip off. Then Story towards in middle kinda toke idea of John Wick Chapter 2 when All Assassins has Contract to kill John Wick all Assassins going after him kinda like that but different style of movie nothing like it or rip off don't think of that at all. in movie it's enjoyable but this was not my favorite Scott Adkins Movie in list but i like this movie it's very enjoyable to watch. at end of day it's feels like watching it again i have rent it at Library looking forward to buy it on BLU RAY. it's a lot fun, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Amy Johnston does their stunts on their own and their's NO STUNT DOUBLES IN THIS MOVIE they fight in their own you see NO STUNT DOUBLES IN MOVIE. the fight scenes and punch's in movie looked HARD HEAVY kicks lot of it. it's really worth of watch this movie. 8.10 Scott Adkins really did movie of his own role not direct to DVD budget sequels like 4th Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning, Hard Target 2, Jarhead 3 Under Siege witch i thought that was piece of crap, Green Street Hooligans 3, so as Undisputed movies witch was GREAT FRANCHISE PICK UP SEQUELS witch it got more Popular. this really highly Recommended for Scott Adkins Fans, highly Recommended for Action Fans.
The script lurches from one clunky attempt at humour to the next, at every point leaving the viewer hoping that it has at last reached the bottom and will start to get better....but it never does.
One line also perfectly describes the issue with this work, when our hero describes why his girlfriend is so appealing to him; "She's 26 with the body of an 18 year old and the mind of a 12 year old"...yeah classy huh?
Rated for 17 year old's in the US and 15 in the UK, it's script could only possibly appeal to a 12 year old viewer.
People in the other reviews say it was violent even though i seen more gorier stuff in other movies. Fight scenes were good and even though the story wasnt strong like scott, it still kept me in interested.
Not big budget but few good action scenes. Adkins has great screen presence, reminds of JCVD. Both Scott and Micheal Jai white deserve so much more, they are fantastic Martial Artiest and good actors. For a small budget movie, it is quite good.
Give this a shot without much of a expectation and you will not be disappointed.