After watching Boyka: Undisputed, I decided to watch another Scott Adkins flick. This time I chose Close Range. I should’ve chosen another movie. Boyka: Undisputed had everything I could ask for in an action flick. It had lots of well-done action sequences and there was a story you could get behind. Sadly, Close Range had very few of these things.
The story propelling Close Range forward is family. Scott Adkins’ character, Colton MacReady, goes into Mexico to rescue his niece. She is a teenager and he hasn’t seen her for years, but she has been kidnapped by a drug cartel and taken to Mexico as hostage until her stepdad can provide the main bad guy, ludicrously named “El Jeffe”, with some dope he was helping to smuggle. Stepdad kept some cocaine back for himself. “I didn’t think he would miss it,” he said, which made me roll my eyes. A drug dealer isn’t going to miss the delivery shipment is short? Give me a break. What’s worse is Stepdad has a horrible Southern accent, slicked back hair, and an open bowling shirt open over a white tee shirt. Thankfully it doesn’t take Stepdad long to get killed.
The woman playing Sister MacReady gave a very flat performance. Supposedly she grew up on a ranch, but as for shooting a gun, well, she didn’t do so well. Her performance was SO bad I pretty much ignored her scenes. However, the niece’s performance was passable.
One of my main beefs with this movie is the amount of ammunition that was fired and how few targets were hit. Round after round was fired from various weapons and the hits were just lucky. I bet they fired over five boxes of ammunition in the movie (fake, of course) and people were still left alive for Scott Adkins’ character to take them out one-on-one. There wasn’t any other option left to him even though he was supposed to be a soldier and mercenary.
The one-on-one action sequences were good though. Scott Adkins’ performance says he knows what he is doing as far as martial arts is concerned and were a pleasure to watch. His martial arts is about the only thing good in this movie.
So, don’t watch this movie unless you are keeping copies of all Scott Adkins’ movies. If this is the case get the DVD, but don’t worry about watching it unless you have a drinking game going on with how many people do not get shot.