Title: Accident Man
Director: Jesse V. Johnson
Fight Director: Tim Man
Starring: Scott Adkins, Ray Stevenson, Amy Johnston, Michael Jai White, Ray Park, Perry Benson, Nick Moran, Brooke Johnson, Tim Man, Ross O’Hennessey, Stephen Donald, David Paymer
Plot: Mike Fallon (Scott Adkins), an assassin that specializes in making his killings look like an accident, uses his skills to avenge the death of his former girlfriend Beth (Brooke Johnson) who was killed by his former assassin friends Jane the Ripper (Amy Johnston), Mac (Ray Park), Mick (Michael Jai White) and Poison Pete (Stephen Donald) who also specialize in unique assassination techniques.
With the martial arts skills of performers like Adkins, White, Park, and Johnston fight director Tim Mann had to be salivating to set up the fights in Accident Man. There are some stand out fights in this film, which one would expect given the cast. While the skill of the performers stands out so does the inventive choreography from Man (who is also featured in a short fight with Adkins). Man, having worked with Adkins on Ninja II, is very familiar with his skill set and features it to good extent. Mike Fallon(Adkins) looks like a bad ass, but in a different way than Adkins does as Boyka (Undisputed series). Man also uses White and Park (Mic and Mike) to good use as well. Be on the look out for the fight between Fallon, Mic and Mike in their dojo and the fight between Fallon and Mike later in the film. White and Adkins has such great on-screen chemistry and this fight is no exception. We cannot forget the fight between Fallon and Jane the Ripper (Amy Johnston). If you liked her in Lady Bloodfight, you will love her as Jane the Ripper. She shows her flawless kicking technique with an intensity and some cool sword-work in her fight with Adkins. Tim Man shows that his strength as a fight choreographer is diversity; no two fights are the same and this is what makes Accident Man shine. Man uses the different skill sets of his performers to their fullest degree and we get treated to some kick ass cool fights as a result. I definitely want more Tim Man choreographed fights in my life after seeing the fisticuffs in Accident Man.
Accident Man is a different action film from the Scott Adkins-Jesse V. Johnson combo. I was pleasantly surprised about the amount of dialogue from Adkins in this movie. I have never heard him talk so much (in his native British accent); I liked it! The dialogue in this film is very tongue in cheek and the world in this movie is not treated so seriously which is a good thing. The over-the-top nature of the character’s personalities is such a welcome departure for Adkins and the rest of the cast. This blends in perfectly with the inventive fight scenes and the calm, lunatic portrayal of assassin leader Big Ray (Ray Stevenson) and we have ourselves a tongue-in-cheek fight filled action fest. No doubt about it, Accident Man should be on your viewing list. I hope to see more multi-dimensional acting like this from Adkins(who has writer and producer credits).
Get this movie!!!!!