I’m a man of diverse movie tastes. Sometimes I want to inspired by the power of the indomitable human spirit, or delve into the inner workings of a brilliant mind. And other times, I just want to watch cheap rent-a-thugs beaten black and blue by Dolph Lundgren (Rocky 4, The Expendables) and Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, The Protector) while they spew out cheesy one-liners. Which is where movies like Skin Trade comes in, in all its direct-to-DVD, eTV Friday Action Night, incredi-bad glory!
This movie clearly has no misconceptions about what it is – pure 80’s throwback skop, skiet en donner escapism – or what its stars are capable of. Case in point: Please note how Tony Jaa has a grand total of two words of dialogue in this entire trailer, delivered in some of the most laughable/painful dubbing I’ve heard in ages. Which somehow just makes me want to watch this more!
New Jersey detective, Nick Cassidy (Lundgren) heads to Bangkok where he teams up with Thai detective, Tony Vitayakui (Jaa) to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick had mistakenly killed Dragovic’s son in a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed. With nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick and Tony traverse their way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent in to bring Nick home. But as the crossfire ensues, Nick has to determine who his true allies are.
Skin Trade also stars Ron Perlman and Michael Jai White, and will be hitting iTunes and VOD on April 18, 2015. The movie will also be released in select theatres on May 8, but I highly doubt that South Africa is on that list. Don’t worry, it will probably be on eTV soon though.
Last Updated: March 18, 2015