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Kick. Punch. Rinse. Repeat.,
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This review is from: Forced to Fight [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Gary Daniels returns to what he does best. With what feels like way too long in the wilderness, our favourite cockney kick-boxing bruiser is firing on all cylinders in this decent, low budget actioner that combines elements of 'Kickboxer' and 'Bloodsport' with a Saturday teatime episode of 'Family Ties'. Hey, it works. Go with it.
As always with a film of this type, our Gary plays Shane Slavin - a one-time legend in the brutal world of underground fighting who worked for movie rent-a-mob boss Peter Weller (on scene stealing form) has turned his life around. Now, taking things easy with his wife and son and no longer playing weekend warrior punching seven shades of (ahem) out of other less fortunate MMA types. But when his younger brother betrays Weller - bailing on a deal they made for him to take a dive in the ring, 'ol Gazza is forced back into the arena to pay his brother's debts and protect his family. Its the usual ''man's gotta do what a man's gotta do'' formula, but in this instance it sorta works.
Gazza, unfairly forgotten in the pantheon of 90s direct to video action stars who flocked to watch Van Dammage and Fat Dracula himself, Steven Seagal instead - may now find time to fully appreciate what he has to offer, in light of his minor role in ''The Expendables'' when he was cleverly called The Brit. Oh, the irony. Daniels may have been out of the game for too long now, but for his fans (me and a guy from Peckham) - its lucky us - as he's back on sterling form in ''Forced to Fight''. Granted, its the same old story you've seen countless times before and 'ol Gazza is never going to be mistaken for being in a Merchant Ivory film, but when it comes to punching folks in the face - Daniels delivers in spades. He's charismatic, much better at leading a film than he did back in the 90s and you want to follow his journey - you genuinely want him to win. Which is something I always find lacking in most modern actioners. Director Jonas Quastel does a good job balancing the family drama fallout with the bone crunching aspects of the script. Also, much kudos to Peter Weller, who steals every scene he is in and really enhances proceedings. What an actor of his calibre is doing in a direct to video actioner I do not know, but thankful I am.
Image Entertainment's region 1 disc is fine. Although, not a large budgeted film, the transfer is good with sharp imagery and pitch perfect sound. I haven't seen the blu ray transfer, but would assume that is sightly better based on this DVD. There is a short ''making of'' documentary included which is fairly standard. All in all, if you are into old school actioners much like those made in the late 80s/early 90s, then this one could be for you. Recommended.