Reviews

MAAC Review: XXX – RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

A three-quel to a franchise that nobody really asked for, XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE somehow finds a way to make it justifiable for producer and star VIN DIESEL to jump start once again.

It is really a simple formula: take what is good about the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise (ridiculous action pieces with a “team” concept) […]

By |January 21st, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: KICKBOXER – VENGEANCE

The original 1989 ‘Kickboxer’ was one of my favorite Jean-Claude Van Damme classic growing up, so I have been waiting for this remake to come out since it was first announced. With the potential of the awesome cast (Dave Bautista, Gina Carano, JCVD himself!), leading man ALAIN MOUSSI’s martial arts and stunts background, and the involvement of fight choreographer LARNELL STOVALL (Undisputed 3), I had some pretty high expectations for KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE to say […]

By |August 27th, 2016|News, Reviews|2 Comments|

MAAC Review: IP MAN 3

The dynamic duo of director WILSON YIP (Ip Man, SPL) and martial arts superstar DONNIE YEN is back together once again to cap off the epic ‘Ip Man’ trilogy. Coming along for the ride is former boxing Champion MIKE TYSON and up-and-coming star MAX ZHANG (SPL 2: A Time For Consequences). (THE FOLLOWING WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. PLEASE STOP READING NOW IF YOU WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS.)

IP MAN 3 picks up a few years after […]

By |January 19th, 2016|Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: SPL 2 – A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES

A sequel in name (and theme) only to 2005’s martial arts crime thriller ‘Sha Po Lang’ directed by Wilson Yip, SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES brings back two key members from the original (WU JING and SIMON YAM) and adding two other martial arts stars in TONY JAA (Ong Bak) and MAX ZHANG (Ip Man 3) to fill in for Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung.

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MAAC Review: POUND OF FLESH

Having worked with martial arts star JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME on two previous films (Assassination Games, 6 Bullets), director ERNIE BARBARASH is back for a third outing with “The Muscles from Brussels”.

The plot is pretty straight forward. Van Damme plays ‘Deacon’, a man who woke up with his kidney missing after a wild night out. His mission: to get BACK what is rightfully his with a lot of ass-kickin’, preferably with a ‘Bible’.

MAAC Review: KUNG FU JUNGLE

Once known as LAST OF THE BEST or KUNG FU KILLER (both very appropriately named), the actual title KUNG FU JUNGLE takes a more metaphorical approach than a literal one. There is no actual ‘jungle’ in the film. Hong Kong IS the ‘jungle’, the setting of the movie where all the crazy martial arts meyhem ensues as main villain played WANG BAOQIANG (Iceman) goes after all the top martial arts badasses in town (including […]

By |February 13th, 2015|Reviews|2 Comments|

MAAC Review: DIE FIGHTING

From the action stunt crew Z TEAM consisting of FABIEN GARCIA, brothers LOHAN and DIDIER BUSON, and JESS ALLEN, comes the crew’s spectacular full-length feature debut DIE FIGHTING.

The film follows the four leads (playing exaggerated versions of themselves) being forced to act in their own ‘reality film’ by the mysterious ‘Filmmaker’ who have captured their significent others as blackmail. If they do not do exactly what the ‘Filmmaker’ have planned in the script, […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: JOHN WICK

JOHN WICK is the directorial debut of two veteran stuntmen DAVID LEITCH and CHAD STAHELSKI, who worked on everything from ‘The Expendables’ films to the ‘Bourne’ franchise and most importantly ‘The Matrix’. 15 years after ‘The Matrix’ they once again team-up with leading man KEANU REEVES for this ‘assassin on a revenge killings spree’ action thriller. With these two at the helm, the action scenes are almost guaranteed to be ridiculously entertaining. The stunts […]

By |October 27th, 2014|Reviews|2 Comments|

MAAC Review: TOM YUM GOONG 2 aka THE PROTECTOR 2

In 2005, ‘Tom Yum Goong’ aka ‘The Protector’ was release as TONY JAA’s follow-up to his jaw dropping debut ‘Ong Bak’. Needless to say, it did not disappoint with Jaa’s signature bone crunchin’ fight scenes and death defying ‘no wire’ stunts. Sadly the sequel did not live up to it’s expectation despite the addition of JEEJA YANIN (Chocolate) and martial artist MARRESE CRUMP

TOM YUM GOONG 2 pretty much rehashed the story of part one […]

By |May 17th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: IN THE BLOOD

IN THE BLOOD can best be described as ‘Taken’ mixed with ‘Turista’. Former MMA star GINA CARANO (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6) plays newlywed ‘Ava’, who will stop at nothing to find her missing husband when things goes horribly wrong on their honeymoon in the Caribbean.

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Carano gives no Oscar worthy performance, but she definitely improved quite a bit from ‘Haywire’ showing a wide range of […]

By |April 29th, 2014|Reviews|2 Comments|

MAAC Review: THE MONKEY KING

SOI CHEANG directs this prequel to the classic story of ‘The Monkey King’ depicting the origin of Sun WuKong, played by go-to action ‘King’ DONNIE YEN (SPL, Flashpoint). Donnie, under unrecognizable make-up, gives a very playful and spirited performance as WuKong. From the way he walks to his facial expressions, Donnie really do capture the ‘monkey’ mannerism pretty well. I really do applaud Donnie for going out of the box and playing a role […]

By |April 28th, 2014|Reviews|2 Comments|

MAAC Review: THE RAID 2-BERANDAL

WOW. What can I say? This is probably the MOST VIOLENT FILM I have ever seen. In a GOOD WAY though! The first 1/3 of the film is pretty slow, but when it started picking up, it NEVER LETS DOWN. Director GARETH EVANS really outdone himself this time. Every hit, every shot, every slice, and every crack of the bone was so visceral with so much IMPACT to the point where it was painful […]

By |April 25th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments|