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This review is from: Forced To Fight [DVD] (DVD)
I've always liked Gary Daniels since seeing Fist of the North Star back in my early teens, and I'm sure many fans will agree that this was easily his best role.
In this film, the plot is nothing unusual and other people have already outlined it. Acting-wise, Daniels struggles to be honest, very wooden and there is harldy any chemistry between him and his on-screen wife and brother. The unimaginative script probably doesn't help.
The fighting element of the film is also very poor. We know that Daniels is literally the 'Brit Kicker', and he is in good shape and very impressive for his own part, but for some reason and with only one exception, his opponents are a bunch of progressively fatter east-european thugs (despite being set in USA). The only one who looks remotely menacing is the huge tattooed guy but he is relegated to being one of the minor opponents. The final-fight 'nutter' who is supposed to be an indestructable killing machine is some big fat guy who looks like he just finished a shift at a kebab shop and wandered into the arena!
As for Peter Weller - decent enough performance as the nefarious 'Danny G' and he arguably steals the show.
The DVD extras are very poor - a token effort at best of about five minutes worth of 'behind the scenes' but they don't feature Daniels or anything interesting.
It's a shame Daniels didn't have more success back in the late 90's when this genre was so much more popular. It was a great break for him being in the Expendables but his part was so minor that it hasn't really done that much for his career, as Forced to Fight clearly demonstrates. Three stars.