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Plot: After learning of his brother’s death during a mission in Romania, a former soldier joins two allies to hunt down a mysterious enemy and take his revenge.
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I’ve been a fan of Michael Jai White for years, and it’s tough to see his career go this route along with Scott Adkins. MJW might’ve been Spawn, but he just never had the big break he needed to make him a massive star, starring in a major vehicle that would really capitalize on his very legitimate martial arts skill and physical abilities. This isn’t to say that straight-to-home release movies like this are necessarily horrible always. 2009’s “Blood and Bone” starring MJW was a fantastic use of his skills as both a martial arts performer and actor, with a compelling and funny street fighting story that was left open for a sequel. At this point, that movie came out more than a decade ago, and every time I see MJW starring in dreck like “The Hard Way”, I always wonder why we have to endure seeing him in stuff like this, but not a follow up to Blood and Bone or Black Dynamite, which was an outstanding satire of 70s era action and absolutely hilarious.
The Hard Way is another in a string of straight to digital releases that find a way to be set in Eastern Europe. I’ve noticed that a lot of these movies take place in Romania, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and other nations in that region of Europe. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with those countries, and all of them offer impressive architecture, culture, and history, however I don’t think it’s a coincidence that so many cheap action movies since the mid-00’s have been set there: these countries are most likely much cheaper to film movies in and obtain filming passes in. I imagine shutting down traffic to film in London would require the whole budget of something like “The Hard Way” for a few day’s worth of filming. So it’s not because of the country they chose to film in, but rather the fact that watching it, you know the choice to set the movie there was entirely budgetary, that gives this a sense of cheapness from the get-go.
This movie is laughable in so many ways, from the dialogue, bad casting (Randy Couture as the main villain? Really?), set design (in the mercenary headquarters there’s extremely tacky neon backlit posters of guns. Yeah, guns! Cuz they shoot em and stuff! As well as random katanas all over the place), and even action sequences. 80% of the action in this is Michael Jai White kicking the absolute stuffing out of goofy goons that have as much chance of beating him as this movie has of making the IMDB Top 100. It’s nice to see his martial arts techniques, which despite his age are sharp as ever, but we don’t even get that much of a display of his skills, as the only worthwhile opponent he faces is Randy Couture at the very end. His character even has a quirk of letting who he’s fighting know they’re going to lose badly, and they do, so this isn’t exactly the kind of movie where the hero struggles or is pushed in any way.
The plot is horrible and hard to follow, with a revenge story being complicated with a lot of useless details and characters who we’re supposed to care about who are introduced late into the movie. Something that bugs me about movies like this is that considering it’s supposed to be a mindless, straightforward action movie, then put some action in it!! The very tepid fight scenes are few and far between, and never really ratchet up into intense, well-choreographed mayhem that it’s star could definitely deliver on. So even as a mindless action movie, it fails. To be fair, I only watched this because of boredom induced by the pandemic, I knew it was going to be awful. The only thing, and I mean only thing that brings this above a 2 or 3 star rating is Michael Jai White’s presence, charisma, and screen-fighting skills. You can see how trapped he must have felt while watching it, what a waste.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Keoni Waxman
Writer Thomas J. Churchill, Keoni Waxman
Actors Michael Jai White, Luke Goss, Randy Couture
Country United States
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Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
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