A man finds himself hunted down and he must fight to survive in this action film from the director of last year’s Painkiller.
A band of robbers have successfully pulled off a heist involving stealing diamonds. However, what was supposed to go down without a hitch resulted in the death of innocent people and one of the robbers being seriously wounded. Upon their return at a ranch in the middle of the woods, the getaway driver Alex confronts hot-headed Killian, whose action caused the multiple deaths. Mastermind Trent decides to let things go and ensure everyone will get their take.
After a celebratory drink, the gang have discovered that Alex has left them and has stolen the diamonds. To add fuel to the fire, Alex has apparently kidnapped Lisa, Trent’s daughter. However, Lisa is in cahoots with Alex because she has grown tired of her father’s illegal activities and wants to start a new life. When Killian, Zarina, Hayden, and Trent begin their search for Alex and Lisa, Alex is determined to fight as he has a reason behind his actions and it’s more than what they think. Now hunted down, Alex will fight or be brought back dead.
Over the course of the past few years, we have seen some of our favorite action stars of old come back on various projects, including Jeff Wincott in the drama The Issue with Elvis, Dolph Lundgren in films like Aquaman and Kindergarten Cop 2, and Jean-Claude Van Damme going full circle in the Kickboxer reboot franchise as the mentor to the new Kickboxer. 90’s action powerhouse Gary Daniels is the latest to be making a comeback to the genre. After a villainous turn opposite Robert Bronzi in The Gardener, Daniels gets to take center stage in this really good action film that not utilizes his kickboxing skills, but have some twists and turns in the plot.
Daniels, sporting his 90’s style ponytail, is great as Alex, the getaway driver of the diamond thieves who soon becomes the betrayer amongst the gang. However, we learn in some flashbacks his intentions with his cut on the take. However, the betrayal comes once he learns the mastermind’s plan post-heist, which makes him one to be skeptical. However, what’s great here is that we get to see Gary Daniels get to show his martial arts skills when he has to fight and the fight scenes are throwbacks to the 90’s era of fight scenes, where you can actually see moves and no bad close ups or quick cuts.
Where else are you going to find a movie where you get to see Louis Mandylor dressed up like a cowboy and pull off a Texas accent in the role of mastermind Trent? Mandylor makes any role work, and this is no different as he questions Alex’s actions, thinking there may be some good in him with Clowntown and Union Furnace actor Katie Keene as Trent’s daughter Lisa, who has a past herself and wants to get it behind her and sees Alex as a possible way out. Ryan M. Shaw is insane as hot-headed Killian while Zhuzha Akova is the no-nonsense Zarina and Chris Torem is great as Hayden, a levelheaded member who gets to engage in a nice knife vs. unarmed fight against Daniels. If there is one flaw, it’s Daniel Baldwin’s appearance, who randomly shows up only to get wasted. The final fifteen minutes of the film is full of twists that blend the story together into one that stands out in a good way.
Bring Him Back Dead is a welcome throwback to 90’s action films with Gary Daniels once again taking center stage and Louis Mandylor making quite a villain. The fight scenes are fun to watch, and the final fifteen minutes really help bring it all together.
WFG RATING: B
Uncork’d Entertainment presents a Salem House Films/Millman Productions film in association with Otsego Media and Ron Lee Productions. Director: Mark Savage. Producers: Cuyle Carvin, Jeff Miller, and Avery Miritello. Writer: Ben Demaree; story by Jeff Miller. Cinematography: Ryan Patrick O’Hara. Editing:
Cast: Gary Daniels, Louis Mandylor, Katie Keene, Ryan M. Shaw, Chris Torem, Zhuzha Akova, JeJon Woods, Bruce Ross, Cuyle Carvin.
Uncork’d Entertainment will be releasing the film on DVD, On Demand, and Digital on August 2.