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as a Friday night DVD, this does its jo
on 29 April 2011
So here's yer basic premise. A Russian gang who're into human trafficking Eastern Europeans (selling women into sex slavery and the men to illegal fights) crosses paths with a local businessman Gabe (played by Billy Murray out of Eastenders). Kidnapping his soon-to-be-wed daughter, a turf war escalates. Cue lots of running about, shouting and fighting.
Despite the modern theme, it's actually a fairly traditional thriller, almost the Sweeney with added macho, as Craig Fairbrass (also out of Eastenders) helps Gabe rescue his daughter from Danny Midwinter (out of The Bill), the evil Romanian mafia boss.
Aa befits a film helmed by a stunt director, Stuart St. Paul (Emmerdale, Seed Of Chucky), the set pieces are very good, but what it makes up for in fight scenes, it lacks in dialogue. But then I don't imagine that was really the point of this film. The actors actually do a good shift and are well cast, including Laura Aikman (Casualty) as Gabes daughtere.
It gets a bit confusing in places, as the two destinations (sex and cagefighting) don't really mix (unless your name is Jordan), and it might have worked better if they'd concentrated on one storyline. The Yorkshire tourist board won't certainly enjoy this, as the Leeds locations are invariably gritty, dark and unpleasant, but as a Friday night DVD, this does its job in the required 90 minutes.