(26)IMDb3.391 min2016Suitable for ages 15 and over
Two Americans, Jack and Sam, unwittingly steal a drug lord's money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia, quickly becoming the target of the gang's vengeance. When Sam is killed, Jack takes the fight to the gang.
I've done it, I've bloody gone and done it and to my surprise it was not as bad as I had anticipated. And I'm not talking about going to the toilet without taking my trousers down, no, I'm talking about watching The Asian Connection. Now, given the dreadful reviews I had read on Amazon I was quietly crapping myself about watching the movie but it's Seagal and I am loyal and proudly own all of his films so I couldn't care less.
The Asian Connection is utter rubbish but still quite enjoyable which is why I sometimes find it hard to review these types of films. If the film is crap but it's trying to something it's not like the last batch of Bruce Willis s***e then it dead easy but with this it's a different kettle of fish. While the acting in Connection is terrible from the main actor who seems to think he is Brad Pitt from Fight Club, the rest of the film is pretty honest and knows where it stands.
The main man Seagal is not in it a great deal, playing a crime lord type figure in Thailand who has his cash robbed from a bank by the Tyler Durden wanna be. But the scenes Seagal is in, he certainly makes his presence felt with his size, his glare and that goatee. He even beats the s*** out someone while stitting down and delivers his hard core lines with utter conviction. Unlike Bruce Willis who seems to think he has it down with these sorts of roles. Just F off and leave this stuff to big Steve!
In-between barking orders, slapping people about and getting involved in a shootout, Seagal still finds the time to visit a strip joint and teach his far too young Thai girlfriend a bit of self defence. It's a disturbing image to think of 20 stone Seagal wriggling around on a little 6 stone Thai girl.
But before I get too positive about this movie I need to warn you about the main lead actor who is forced to rob banks to pay back Seagal for his losses. I would say he over acts but he can't act and is as dull as dish water. He side kick is an annoying cockney who is even worse and appears to be reading off idiot cards. There is a silly car chase where our bank robbers are trying to escape from Seagal and his henchmen in a BMW which must have it's engine removed because they can't even out run the massive truck that Seagal is pursuing them in.
But all said and done this film aint too bad at all. It's pretty well made, looks great on screen and Seagal is cool, playing his limited role to the max.
Connection is really only a 2 star film but considering it's integrity it's got to be a 3 star.
Right, I'll now get ready for Seagal's next outing in Sniper: Special Opps which has also got me paranoid with the poor customer reviews.
Like the proverbial bus, you wait ages for a new Steven Seagal movie to turn up and then three of the blighters arrive in as many months. This, the second in his 'triple threat of mediocrity' (sandwiched between 'Code of Honour' and 'Sniper: Special Ops') is a lukewarm actioner that strives for high drama but instead delivers higher levels of tedium. Oh yeah, lets not forget that The Lord Steven of Seagal is hardly present in this one as well. Just to add insult to injury.
Two ex-pats, Jack (John Edward Lee channeling the smug charm of an 80s comedy sidekick, but somehow upgraded to lead here) and Sam (a seriously annoying cockney-lite performance by Byron Gibson) are in Asia robbing banks and generally making a nuisance of themselves to the local constabulary and incumbent mafia alike. Jack plans to use his cut of the money to keep his girlfriend Avalon (Pim Bubear) in the life he has misrepresented, whilst Sam just wants to move on and perhaps audition for a recurring role in 'Eastenders'. With all this bank robbery shenanigans on their mind, they fail to cotton onto the fact that they are actually robbing from supreme Asian crime boss, Sirankiri (The Lord Steven of Seagal), who between romancing ladies half his age and continually sitting down to a full english breakfast is none too pleased with their thievery antics. Soon, Jack, Sam and Avalon are hot footing it out of Asia as Seagal and his goons make it their business to put a stop to these pesky villains - one way or the other.
Director Daniel Zirilli (who previously wowed us with 'Black Spring Break 2: The Sequel' and 'Circle of Pain') attempts to blend a chase style actioner with a strong romantic undercurrent - but due to the lack of budget or talent on display, drops the ball more times than he scores. Working from a screenplay inspired by a story from Tom Sizemore (!), the film ambles along with the main trio of robbers either arguing or running away from Mafia goons whilst we are 'treated' to brief flashes of The Lord popping up to moan about 'where his mother fudging money has gone' and prance about in a skirt whilst waving his arms around as if he were preparing to pull a rabbit out of a hat. Out of his posterior would be more appropriate.
Soda Pictures' UK DVD release sports a nice shiny outer card slipcase with a vibrant transfer and pin sharp audio. However, as the movie looks like it was shot on an iPhone by a 12 year old kid - that's hardly a recommendation. This isn't the worst direct to video release from The Lord ('Attack Force' and 'Against the Dark' still hold that dubious honour for me), but its not great either. Serious Lord fans should wait for it to drop in price before shelling out their hard earned or wait for it to pop up on Channel 5, which to be fair shouldn't be too long... Others approach with caution. Sadly, this is a (kind of) one-shot watch, nothing more.