Blu-ray Review: Triple Threat

STUDIO: Well Go USA | DIRECTOR: Jesse V. Johnson | CAST: Tony Jaa, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping,Long Fei , Celina Jade, Iko Uwais
RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2019 | PRICE: DVD $14.82, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $17.58
SPECS: R | 96 min. | Action thriller | 2.35:1 widescreen | DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio | Video | Overall

An all-star cast of martial arts masters has been collected for Triple Threat, a nearly non-stop actioner that delivers the goods expected from genre fans into fighting, fighting and more fighting.

The plot is flimsy but allows for no shortage of nasty fist-and-feet-flying altercations. Following a brutal mercenary raid in a jungle compound where his wife is killed and a dangerous prisoner (Scott Adkins, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) is taken into custody, survivor Jaka (Iko Uwais, The Raid)  vows revenge. It’s soon revealed that the attack was carried out by a group enlisted to kill a wealthy crime-bashing philanthropist (Celina Jade, Skin Trade). Soon, Jaka joins forces with Pavu (Tony Jaa, One Bok) and Long Fei (Tiger Chen, Man of Tai Chi) for revenge and to protect the female business tycoon with the assassins hot on her trail.

Whether the nasty, blood-splattering, bone-rattling battles are staged in a fighting ring, in the jungle, or on city streets, action specialist and former stunt coordinator turned director Jesse V. Johnson (The Debt Collector, Accident Man) seems to have no problem handling the tasks. He shoots the action sequences tightly, but doesn’t hold back showing full body contact and the aftermath of the nasty encounters, which enhances the film’s impact. And the trio of stars have their work cut out from them here because they find themselves going against Adkins and black ops members played by the charismatic Michael Jai white (Black Dynamite) and impressive macho guy Michael Bisping (Den of Thieves), no slouches in the screen mayhem arena themselves.

The names in the cast and Johnson’s impressive resume as filmmaker and stunt expert (he’s worked on such pictures as Starship Troopers and Hell or High Water)  will guarantee interest from hardcore action fans who prefer their cinematic chaos in their face.

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About Irv

Irv Slifkin has been reviewing movies since before he got kicked off of his high school radio station for panning The Towering Inferno in 1974. He has written the books VideoHound’s Groovy Movies: Far-Out Films of the Psychedelic Era and Filmadelphia: A Celebration of a City’s Movies, and has contributed film reportage and reviews to such outlets as Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Video Business magazine and National Public Radio.