A young woman with a “special set of skills” and then some, takes a hopeless accountant on an action-filled road trip in this fun and wild action comedy.
Natasha is a young woman who works at a convenience store where she meets Jimmy, an accountant who is taking a break from work to honor his late brother’s wishes and plans to scatter his ashes. When a band of robbers come in to threaten Natasha, she instantly takes to killing the robbers and taking Jimmy with her to escape. That is because Natasha isn’t saying who says she is. She was working for a local mob group run by the dad of her now ex Ellis and she has stolen some of the money.
Shocked to find out what had happened, Jimmy is forced into a situation he never expected to get involved in. However, as he and Natasha gets closer, Ellis is convinced that Natasha is still in love with him despite fellow henchman Ask telling him otherwise. Meanwhile, Natasha has a confession to tell Jimmy. She has a split personality. On the one hand, there’s sweet-natured Nat and on the other, there’s badass Tasha. As Ellis and the goons draw closer, Natasha and Jimmy must do what they can to evade them and get out of this jam before it’s too late.
From the looks of the film, there is going to be a new female action star on the rise, something the genre needs more of. While the likes of Amy Johnson and Ellen Hollman have been making strides, this film has a former child actress destined for action hero status. She is Danielle C. Ryan, who will be best known for her role as Thing One in 2003’s live-action adaptation of The Cat in the Hat opposite Mike Myers.
Ryan brings a sort of Me, Myself, and Irene riff as Natasha, a woman with a split personality who embarks on a road trip with the hapless Jimmy, played by another former child actor, Matthew Lawrence. The film starts out as a buddy action film that soon develops into a love triangle like never before. While Jimmy is in love mostly with Nat, the nice sweet caring side of Natasha, Kevin Joy’s manic mob heir Ellis has a thing for Tasha, the tough side of our protagonist. As for Lawrence, he plays somewhat the reluctant character who becomes more confident as the film goes on thanks in part to his experiences with both sides of Natasha.
While Kevin Joy brings off some comic relief as Ellis, who is still convinced Tasha loves him, Dawn Oliveri’s Ask has to constantly remind him of what Natasha had done and why she needs to be killed. They are like bickering siblings or a bickering couple where one can’t get over his ex and the other has to try to bring him back to reality. It gets to a point where even Ellis’s father, the head of the mob, has to convince his son that Natasha never loved him and was looking for a payday.
Ryan gets in on the brunt of the action scenes as “Tasha” and gets to perform all of her own action without the use of a stunt double. In the best action sequence of the film, we get to see Ryan fight off against a group of Ellis’ men using mainly hand-to-hand combat. We see Ryan employ lucha libre moves, mixed martial arts, and even some nice spinning kicks in her arsenal. We get to see her use a lot of firepower as well as go on horseback with a bow and arrow against some of the mob thugs. It’s clear Ryan is a force to reckon with.
Double Threat is a surprise action comedy with Danielle C. Ryan set to be another much needed female action star with the ability to perform her own fights and stunts. A wild story with some action tropes, but nonetheless a hell of a showcase for Ryan.
WFG RATING: B+
Artist View Entertainment presents a Rolling Thunder Films in association with Aesthetic Entertainment and Rebelle Rouser. Director: Shane Stanley. Producers: Danielle C. Ryan, Kurt Patino, Shane Stanley, and CJ Walley. Writer: CJ Walley. Cinematography: Joel Layogan. Editing: Frank Reynolds and Shane Stanley.
Cast: Danielle C. Ryan, Matthew Lawrence, Kevin Joy, Dawn Oliveri, Mo Gallini, Andrea Logan, David Castro.