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Accident Man
Score: 78%
Rating: R
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home
                  Entertainment

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/1
Running Time: 105 Mins.
Genre: Action
Audio: English, French (PAR) 5.1 DTS-HD
           MA

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French,
           Spanish


Features:
  • Assassin's Roll Call
  • Violent Ballet: Filming the Fight
  • Commentary with Scott Adkins and Stu Small

Accident Man is based on a 1990's comic book focusing on an assassin with a penchant for making his victims look like they weren't murdered, but died by some other, easily explained and apparently accidental manner.

Mike Fallon (Scott Adkins, Dr. Strange) is an assassin trained by Big Ray (Ray Stevenson, Thor, Punisher: War Zone, Rome). Now that Big Ray is retired, he heads up a small organization of assassins that have a great reputation for getting the job done and staying under the radar. Where Big Ray was a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to killing people and Mike's style gives him the titular nickname, the others of their group also have their own preferences when it comes to killing.

Mick (Michael Jai White, Spawn, Black Dynamite, The Dark Knight) and Mac (Ray Park, Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, G.I. Joe) are two former members of the military, each the best of the best from their particular branches. Jane the Ripper (Amy Johnston, a prominent stuntwoman) is highly trained in the use of her sword and her feminine wiles, while Carnage Cliff (Ross O'Hennessy, Game of Thrones) can go into a berserker rampage, leaving nothing but destruction in the wake of his axe. Rounding out the killers is Poison Pete (Stephen Donald) and Finicky Fred (Perry Benson); the former prefers murdering in the way his name would suggest, while Fred tends to experiment and come up with many different and unique ways to kill.

The last member of Ray's organization is Milton (David Paymer, State and Main, Get Shorty, Payback). He is the face of the operation and the one that talks to the clients. The clients don't know who the killer is and the killers don't know who the client is, and this double blind keeps everyone's identity nice and safe so that no one can inadvertently turn on each other.

Mike enjoys his job. He is good at it and he has a routine that helps him cope with some of the more unexpected side effects of killing people. When he learns that his ex-girlfriend, Beth (Brooke Johnston) has died, he starts to look a little deeper into the apparent break-in gone wrong. What he quickly realizes is that she was killed by a professional and he recognizes the style of this particular hit. Thus starts Mike's fight to learn who wanted Beth dead and a brings about a battle against his own organization. Before it is all over, Mike will even have to team up with Beth's girlfriend, Charlie (Ashley Greene, The Twilight Saga), despite the many personal problems he has with the woman Beth left him for.

Aside from audio commentary, Accident Man comes with two featurettes, one that talks about the different assassins that are in the movie and another that focuses on the fighting and choreography. While the story was somewhat predictable and the acting was just above average, where Accident Man shines is the fight sequences. Given that most of the movie's cast has a history of being stunt actors and highly trained martial artists and not exactly A-List actors, this shouldn't really be a surprise. My personal favorite is Adkins squaring off against White and Parker, just pure fighting fun from beginning to end.

Accident Man isn't a movie to own unless you have some reason to repeatedly show off the great fight sequences. At most, this movie should be rented, but catching it on some streaming service you already subscribe to if/when it shows up really is the best option.



-J.R. Nip, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Meyer
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