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Luke LaFontaine Chats Triple Threat!! (C) 2019 Danny Templegod

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix readers, after witnessing the action spectacle of the year in the theater, I...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Luke LaFontaine Chats Triple Threat!! (C) 2019 Danny Templegod




Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix readers, after witnessing the action spectacle of the year in the theater, I had to learn more about the fight choreography of Triple Threat! While I have seen numerous interviews with the action stars of the film, I have yet to see an interview about the actual action! Hold on to something stable, fight choreographer Luke LaFontaine, breaks down his work on the film and shares some insight on the upcoming Avengement! Luke has also worked with director Jesse V. Johnson on his recent films Savage Dog and Debt Collector! Time to go hard once again, all exclusive all the time; Dan's Movie Report! Once again, I team up with the top independent action site on the web, www.action-flix.com


DT: I know you have worked with Jesse on so many projects the past 15 yrs or so, Triple Threat was by far the biggest budget and most high powered cast, how did you approach your portion of the filming when you got the call to coordinate the fight sequences filmed in L.A.?

L.L.: Production gave me 24 hours to put together finished pre vis of fight. I quickly got stunt fighters to be Tiger and Michael, got action cameraman ,choreographed fight, picked angles, shot it, and edited same night.  

Above: Theatrical Poster for Triple Threat, used for promotional purposes only
 

DT: Your action style is a bit different from Tim Man's yest things merged in a  seemliness manner, did you have to make any adjustments to the choreography prior to filming, if so what changed, also were there any adjustments on the fly?

L.L.: I was able to look at some of the footage, saw direction Tim was going,  was careful to keep Tigers and Michael's (Bisping) technique while adding and blending my choreo and shooting style. There were minor changes on set w Michael because hes a beast and keeping moving forward. I didn't want them battling right off the set. 

Above: Behind the scenes photo of Luke working with Tiger Chen and Michael Bisping in Triple Threat.
 

DT: Chat about working with the actors, how much time did you have to prep for the fight sequences? Curious also as to the input Jesse gave you with regards to the fights, was it where to end or was he kind of more hands off, letting you handle it?

LL: I met w TIGER CHEN and MICHAEL BISPING in the morning, showed them the previs, Tiger and Michael had a few great ideas w incorporated in. I added some bigger moves for both of them. we rehearsed for about an hour, they picked fight up quick. Both consummate pros. It was like a Tornado versus an earthquake!

Above: Luke on a short contemplation of the next action sequence with Tiger Chen and Michael Bisping on Triple Threat.


When you work out fights, in general do you do a slower run through off camera, then film slow on camera to get the spacing right, curious how you decide angles and moves, I realize it is Jesse's or director's job, but since you are choreographing the action, I figured you may have learned a few new tricks along the way. Also did you have an opportunity to interact with Tim Man during production of Triple Threat to compare notes?

Yes, we always do walk thrus of the fight sections before shooting. Jesse and I have always worked well together. I make sure to listen to what he wants and he trusts me to make it all happen. I picked the angles based on how the fight traveled thru the set. Jesse got hero acting moments. Then we shot the fight and got extra specials for the end. 

Above: Pre-release poster of Avengement! Used for promotional purposes only
 

Shifting gears to an Avengement question, I know Avengement has completed principal photography and you cannot say much, I am curious if the action is more visceral, and in your face, like a Savage Dog, than Triple Threat, and perhaps some non plot spoiler things you can share about the production.

Avengement  is one of our most vicious most brutal set pieces of action. More realistic and shocking at times while still getting your blood pumping. Avengement is a game changer. New character for Scott , and I think his Best!!! Happy that Scott and Jesse asked me to come to London. great creative time.

Final thoughts, I am curious on your thoughts on the state of action movies today, we have chatted about this, but I wanted to give you the opportunity to discuss perhaps some things that can be changed and some things that you enjoy about today's action films.


LL: There have been real advancements made technically in action.  J.J Perry, Chad Stahaelski, David Leitch, Darren Prescott, Sam Hargrave, Garrett Warren and Clayton Barber along w others have been raising the bar for action films. Id really like to see more versatility and creativity to go in new directions w choreography. HK/Chinese cinema style was great  and Marvel style action is really good,but its a new era and entirely new styles need to be born from creativity here in the us.

DT: Thanks again Luke, for another enlightening interview!

LL: Thanks Danny!! Always a pleasure.

For Luke's first interview on Dan's Movie Report, kick your browsers over to: http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2018/07/stunt-choreographeractor-luke.html

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Abduction (2019) - Movie Trailer Unleashed!! New Scott Adkins, Andy On, TNA movie!!

Above: Abduction poster on IMDB, used for promotional purposes only


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers! Today Scott Adkins dropped a very cool new trailer of the film Abduction! The new film stars Scott Adkins, Andy On, and Truong Ngoc Anh. The Roger Corman produced film was also produced by Scott Adkins, and Truong Ngoc Anh's company TNA Entertainment. 

Above: Truong Ngoc Anh (TNA) in Abduction picture from IMDB, used for promotional purposes only
 

A man steps out of a park fountain in Ho Chi Minh City with no recollection of who he is or where he came from. As he wanders through the city, piecing together clues to his past, he is relentlessly pursued by mysterious figures. Starring Andy On & Scott Adkins, and Truong Ngoc Anh. Directed by Ernie Barbarash..”




The full force action film set in the near future. Although not much is known about the plot, someone abducted Quinn's (Scott Adkins) wife and he wakes up in the future, and he thinks it is still 1985. Expect copious action, loads of fist fights, and a very cool Truong Ngoc Anh. Expert action Maestro Tim Man, provides the choreography, and whoa, many bodies will hit the floor.



Interestingly enough expert martial Artists Brahim and Myra Mala are also in the film, in case you have not heard of Myra, oh you will!


In the mean time, please check out my older interviews with Brahim, Tim Man, and Truong Ngoc Anh & watch for more in the very near future on Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Redcon-1 (2018) Movie Review (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report



Above: Redcon-1 Poster from IMDB, used for promotional purposes only. Not monetized. 


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, thanks to my friend Tayah, who sent me a three DVDs or Redcon-1 I am finally going to review the film and do a contest to give away a DVD. details next week!

Redcon1 is a zombie film, I found it decent. While the action is good, and a lot of things are thrown in, there is just no filter nor focus for the production. A series of events unfold leading to an apocalyptic outcome, yet there is not enough of a human element and the fact it is almost two hours in length, makes for a difficult watch at times.

The negatives aside, Redcon-1 has a lot of cool elements, the movie feels big, many extras wide scope lots of props, Redcon-1 not only was full of action, it brought the audience into it. Right from the opening scene in an ambulance where the patient was about to die and then the ambulance doors swung open to reveal the same patient and the two paramedics as zombies, is the audience thrown into the fray. I think this is the right way to do zombie films, not from an observer on a monitor, but from inside the action.

Things do get more interesting when the military is brought in to “control” the situation, of course this leads to more mayhem and killings and attacks. These are not your parents' zombies they move with a ferocity and quickness, which actually adds to the fear. Sorry to say , 2019, zombies I can walk calmly away from are just not as entertaining nor frightening that the ones who come after me aggressively.

Not to much else to say, it is a big cast of character in Redcon-1, no one steals the show. There is talk near the middle of the film finding a cure, but things of course do not go as planned. While the plot is mostly predictable, enough twists and turns exist to make Redcon-1 interesting. Overall this is a decent film as stated before, not great, not terrible, Redcon-1 rates a 6 out of 10.

For more information on Redcon-1 please visit the film's official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/Redcon1Film/


Special thanks to Mark Strange and Tayah Kansik for the help in locating this film for review.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Triple Threat (2019) Movie Review - A Dan's Movie Report Exclusive © 2019 Danny Templegod

Above: Poster of Triple Threat (C) 2019 Well Go USA used for promotional purposes only.


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, the event action film of 2019 is here. Triple Threat will finally be released Worldwide beginning with a 150 screen blast on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 in the USA. Dan's Movie Report is thrilled and honored to be chosen among the few journalistic outlets to screen the film early and provide thoughts on the project.

Because this is a very early review, and many portions of the plot and character development are integral to the audience enjoyment of the film, I have decided that this will not only be a spoiler free review, but a timeline and nuanced unspecific review, more like random thoughts, not following any structure. 

Above:  Exclusive photo of Michael Bisping, Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins, the bad guys of Triple Threat!! (C) 2019 Well Go USA, Exclusive to Dan's Movie Report
 

Director Jesse V. Johnson crafts a undulating masterpiece in Triple Threat as the audience is inserted right into the story literally from the opening moment of the film. Lush images of a jungle in South East Asia is the backdrop for an opening to set the stage. Triple Threat is meant to be a theater movie, and one to crank the volume up! While many comparisons on the web have been made to The Expendables, ultimately I see a far more personal story here. Each character, is given a voice in the action, and time is taken to allow the actor to show emotion throughout.

Another element in Triple Threat that is particularly enjoyable is the interplay between characters who have a very tenuous relationship, The audience at times never knows if the person will be deceitful. This is what can be considered the third element, the protagonists, the antagonists, and those whose alliance suits their own needs and focus. Again revealing this, will spoil the story. Of course it is well known who the bad guys are. Scott Adkins, Michael Bisping, Jeeja Yanin, Michael Jai White, and Ron Smoorenburg are an elite band of hired mercenaries. Enough details regarding the action have come out, who fights who, and some of the locations of the fights. 

Above: Actress Celina Jade, the glue that holds Triple Threat together! (C) 2019 Well Go USA exclusive to Dan's Movie Report
 

Celina Jade, in her most complete character role to date, plays a Billionaire's daughter who is intent on ridding the city of Bangkok of crime, but of course so many want to stop her. Celina is an amazing actress, Triple Threat is a movie where she has to push through a myriad of emotions, all the while keeping focus on what she must do to accomplish her goal. She forms a bond with Tony Jaa's character in Triple Threat, and the fact they have worked together prior in Skin Trade shows.

Tony Jaa is a force of nature, The man is pushing hard to get is acting skill at the top level. Wait, what the hell are you saying Danny? Yes, the thing is, this is what sets Triple Threat apart from I can safely say, 95 percent of all other action films, the acting. Jesse, took his time explaining to the actors, what he wanted in a particular scene, so much focus, the result is not only the actors show more emotion, but ultimately the film more watchable. Ron Smoorenburg, told me that Jesse gave him the motivation for his character and the reasoning behind why his character is wearing the glasses, a nerdy Rambo! Ron said it helped him, feel the character. Action actors, are mainly known for kicking ass and being stoic onscreen, In Triple Threat, the characters are flawed and have things happen to them that requires emotion. So important this is, Jesse sets the bar high for his actors, and gets results in Triple Threat.

Pointing out a few strong highlights of Triple Threat, the first one being just a great action sequence, and fight between Tony Jaa and Ron Smoorenburg. The full force fight is close quarters, hard, angry, and no body part is left without bruising. Fight choreographer Tim Man, has truly crafted some of the most entertaining action in a long time in Triple Threat. His action prowess is well documented, and he keeps leveling up in each outing. Speaking of fights, a sequence near the end was choreographed by the amazing Luke LaFontaine, and his style is different from Tim's, actually this allows for diversification in the action and completely works for the story.

Scott Adkins explodes with emotion in Triple Threat, he is the angry yelling villain we all needed to see. Gone is the stoic, I will kick your ass and be done mentality, now he is raw, visceral and raging. He is not only the leader of the group of mercenaries he is angry throughout the film. This leads to rash decisions and unpredictable actions, the makings of a great action movie!

All of the elements are solid in Triple Threat, lighting, cinematography, and scope. Triple Threat feels big, by that I mean perhaps a film of 5-10 times the budget. Rolling in at a crisp 96 minutes, felt a touch short, but the edit kept the story moving, I sincerely hope a complete Blu-Ray is released with director commentary, deleted scenes, and a deconstruction of some of the action and locations.

Some small gripes are the lighting near the final fight sequence, which was shot in an different location. The back lighting was cool, but the overhead lighting did not allow the audience to see the action as well, I did do a second pass with the brightness turned up, it was better, but the colors washed out a bit. Not a gripe, but because the film is in multiple languages and subtitles are used, certain characters voices, are louder than others, of course this cannot be helped, but letting the audience know what to expect. I would have liked to see a back story on the mercenaries, prior to them being inserted into the jungle, even 3 minute montage, may have helped. Jesse, to his credit does in effect do this through a past vision element, but again, a few moments prior, may have helped character motivation, and for the audience to feel more emotion towards them.

Those minor elements aside, overall Triple Threat is a great film, one that has not only repeat watch- ability, but memorable quotes! Not wanting to spoil them, I will point out one such quote from Celina Jade saying after she is whisked away on a boat, to Tony Jaa and his unlikely friends. “Can I trust you guys?” Then looks worried. A pensive moment, yet something adding a bit of levity do to the timing of the statement ha, usually this is said prior to a daring rescue!

As for a rating, whew, "Triple Threat is a bombastic, fantastic, masterpiece, pushing the limits of character!" YEP, that is it in a nutshell. Explosive in action and dialogue, Triple Threat delivers the goods, in a blood soaked package! Even the minor gripes are minuscule compared to what the team has accomplished. The film rates a 9 out of 10, it is that good. All one can hope for is either a part 2 or another film starring some of the same cast! Kudos to Well Go USA, for pushing the boundaries of their own company as well and really putting focus on such a great property, by releasing to theatrical on 150 plus screens!!!

For detailed information:  https://www.triplethreatfilm.com/

Please check out my partner site www.action-flix.com where John and I do a dual interview with both Director Jesse, and Ron Smoorenburg! .

Here is all of the information to BUY the film legally!  Also to watch in theater! http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2019/03/official-triple-threat-news-chinese.html


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Trigonal: Fight For Justice (2018) Movie Review A Dan's Movie Report Exclusive!!

Above: Poster for Film! All rights reserved, for promotional purposes only!


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, Although I did an interview with actress Sarah Chang for this movie a while ago http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2018/08/actress-sarah-chang-interview-2018-dans.html , signals got crossed and I never was able to view my copy for review, that said I look on IMDB and lo and behold zero reviews, I am calling this outside of JoBlo, a Dan's Movie Report IMDB exclusive and, by far the best Filipino Film EVER!

Here we go! I was all hot and lathered up about watching Buy Bust and reviewing it, especially after hearing many people on the web chatter about it. After watching it, I decided not to review, I totally respect the hard working people who made it, but again, I am not going to slag a film I disliked when other great films are out there.

Above: Lead Actor Ian Ignacio  and lead actress Rhian Ramos go through an emotional and physical hell in Trigonal!


Phase one story. The Trigonal (I will refer to the film as that for the balance of my review) sets up it's lead character with heart and emotional concepts, We get more than the typical 3 minute plot opening and then right to the action, we get a life prior to. We see a husband and wife together, happy naturally sharing life. A family bond is established. Interestingly enough, the fact Trigonal gives the audience time to breath and enjoy the joyous surroundings.

Above: Director/Writer and bad ass cop! Vincent Soberano

What is cool is the entire city, was involved they got cooperation from local law enforcement, thus no surprises! This also allowed for Vincent Soberano, who wrote and directed the film to have a cool character of a law man, who is actually SMART! When does this ever happen in a crime action-drama, that would be never! Yep In Trigonal, the law asks for tips from

The lead actor Ian Ignacio who portrays Jacob Casa is amazing. He is shown going through a full gamut of emotions from tears to rage when his wife is attacked, again no spoilers, let us just say although he was also in Buy Bust, Ian has a chance to show his real range in this film! Basically he is forced to fight in a tournament, yeah it is not all what you are thinking, as multiple stories rage on about this tournament. Special drugs from corporate fighters, crime, wrapped in a human story, I say no more!

Above: Sarah Chang! Top action coordinator today in the Philippines, and she is a great and natural actress, humble and hard working!

All is not entirely serious, and this is a good thing! Actress and stunt coordinator and fight coordinator Sarah Chang brings her self and her adept team in! I am serious! Once the action starts Sarah turns on the sarcasm and the violence, no spoilers! The dialogue she gets to say, has many references to interesting action movies of years gone by. She is like the nerdy girl, yet serene, another very complex character. I will chat about one scene as Sarah is shooting pool badly, ahahah, when thugs come into the bar she hides under the pool table a true laugh out loud moment! Again no spoilers as to what happens next!

I really like Rihan Ramos as Annie Casa, her portrayal of the innocent wife who also owns the Dojo with her husband, is heartfelt and honest, she is a pro actress, and gets in a bit of action in the beginning herself! No Spoilers!

Yes there are villains! Of course there are, A copious amount of fighters dot the landscape of Trigonal. The final third of the movie is an all out action assault in the yep, TRIANGLE shaped ring haha!

No Spoilers! The lead villain is a colorful character who rolls very heavy with two very large powerfully built women as his private attache! Boom! Enter Leigh Guda who I interviewed 6 yrs ago for my site, again she is a fitness person and not going to lie I was thrilled to see her in front of the camera not just training others! Leigh has honor, power, and channeled a rage, again she had zero action and fighting skills prior to this film but Sarah Chang worked hard to train her, now she has continued it! She looks the part of massively rough menace!

You have evil chemist and many other bad guys!

Part 2, the quality of the filming, I could see everything clearly! Yep, even dark scenes were lit in such a way to see the action, like corner or side lighting. In Buy Bust I turned my Netflix brightness to max and still it was a blur of blackness. UGH! Trigonal powers through with excellent top notch rate camera work from the entire team of which Jeff Centuari is a part of! He knows how to film action!

The sets and look of Trigonal are of high quality and easy to see, nothing is hidden, You see a serene temple, a hospital, a fight arena, a Dojo, this is not the claustrophobic film, it is shot in various locations so added a more epic feel to it.

Between the great story, easy to like and easy to hate characters, Trigonal: Fight for Justice is a win on so many levels, despite the difficult road to make this film, it was well worth it! This is my Dan's Movie Report action special mention, indie budget, solid acting, and great story, coupled with the best action coordinator working in the Philippines today Sarah Chang, yep I will say this she worked 20 hour days, always smiling, building others up not tearing them down, honor in action! I got this film at 2am and watched til 4am last night and watched again, then again! Each time noticing more nuanced things! Repeat watchability factor is very high, Trigonal: Fight For Justice rates an 8.5 out of 10 yes it is that freaking good, now I hide under a pool table an wait for fallout from the wannabees never was people and the internet trolls haha! Smile in the face of anger, be serene be Sarah Chang and Vincent Sabrono!

I am waiting a real proper USA premiere for this film, that said, or do we deserve it or mindless drivel, ok yes I like mindless drivel!

Please visit Trigonal: Fight For Justice Official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/thetrigonal/

Watch for more on Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com