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Movie Review: Triple Threat

Updated: May 27, 2019

‘A hit contract is taken out on a billionaires daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. A down and out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target. ‘

IMDb 5.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes 65% Metacritic 60

Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak, The Protector, Skin Trade, Furious 7)

Michael Jai White (Spawn, The Dark Knight, Exit Wounds, Mortal Kombat: Legacy)

Iko Uwais (The Raid, Headshot, Mile 22, Beyond Skyline)

Scott Adkins (Eliminators, Boyka: Undisputed, Doctor Strange)

Triple Threat starts off with the idea of don’t leave a man behind as mercenaries get one of their own back. Unbeknownst to them one of the survivors begins his own revenge plot and teams with some men the mercenaries betrayed on the original mission. A modern day action film that brings with it a lot of violence with both plenty of gunplay and martial arts scenes.

The film then takes a turn as an heiress plans to invest her fortune to bring a major crime syndicate down. The mercs are hired to take out the heiress by the very syndicate that she plans to take down with her investment in humanity. But the mish-mash team of men attempt to protect the heiress while attempting to take down her would be assassins. The mercs are on a deadline by the syndicate and if the heiress isn’t killed quickly enough the contract falls back onto the mercs instead.

What stood out to me during the film was how the film as a whole held up without having an A-Lister in the cast. Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais are big in action films but most aren’t in English and they carry the actions scenes from start to finish. The two even have a brief tussle early on in the film and I was hoping they would have more but then you come to find out they are working towards the same goal.

The only thing that I find holds the film back is how the dialogue flips between so many different languages throughout the film. I am pretty sure they use 5 different languages throughout the film. Not that I don’t mind subtitles but 5 different languages seems a little much. Which is probably one of the reasons why Iko and Tony weren’t exactly breakout stars in North America. The films they’ve done in their native languages I thought were fantastic and The Raid 1&2 are definitely in my top action films but their english isn’t exactly fluent and appears forced and it just detracted from the film overall.

If you are an action film star then you are going to get your fill. If you are a fan of Tony Jaa or Iko Uwais you are certainly going to get your fill of martial arts throughout as well. It isn’t the greatest from a storyline perspective but the action is pretty steady and if you can just sit back and relax and enjoy a good ol’ can of whoop ass being dished out then you will be pleased with the end result.

The Mountain Man’s final thoughts is that this film isn’t a blockbuster action film nor will it be. The film was released in China back in February and had a limited release in the U.S. for one day. Pretty sure the way the dialogue was done played a big part in that. But disconnect for 90 minutes and just let the film do it’s thing. Take in the action, take in the bullet ballet, take in the fight scenes and just enjoy it

3.5 Beards out of 5

#tonyjaa #scottadkins #ikouwais #michaeljaiwhite

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