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Mayday (2019) Movie Review

Above: Poster for Mayday (2019) Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, as we near the Halloween season I have decided to s...

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mayday (2019) Movie Review

Above: Poster for Mayday (2019)


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, as we near the Halloween season I have decided to select a few titles horror related. Although many of my reviews have focused on action, this site is open to reviewing all types of films, drama, comedy, foreign, and horror. Brushing this aside for the moment, today I tackle a film that Crystal Santos told me about awhile back. She told me she was going to be in this new film called Mayday and all she let me know about is that it will be a horror film called Mayday. Crystal, who is known for her work in stunts, said that she would also serve as the stunt coordinator on the film. To avoid confusion when searching for this film make sure you add (2019) as other films called Mayday have been released prior.

These facts aside, I made a few attempts to connect to the film maker, and was told that the film would release on Lionsgate in 2019. Now on DVD, and available from the various outlets comes this 76 minute, yes you heard right, very short, yet rather unusual horror flick. The entirety of Mayday takes place on a flight to London, in what seems like a smaller plane, not a 747 or 757. the film opens with the passengers getting on the plane and let us just say each one has a quirk or characteristic that makes them a bit annoying, haha, but actually it kind of works later in the film. We have newlyweds, a man clutching a briefcase a Sikh doctor, two very flighty flight attendants a gruff old man, and the actor Michael Paré, who plays a sky Marshall, and Crystal Santos, the seemingly only sane one of the bunch. Of course we have the young pilot and copilot as well. The film is classified as a combination drama, action and horror, while this is true, there is not much action.

The movie does develop some of the characters, but we never really know them, just what they are like. More of a personality study in reactions, rather than out and out jump horror, Mayday works in the realm of supernatural, yet once (Minor Spoiler) passengers start vanishing things get rather frantic. The pace still seemed a bit slow for people in peril, even though no one had a clue where the danger came from.

Above: Behind the scenes photo of Crystal Santos on the set of Mayday Photo by Ryan Walker - © MWP Productions


I will not spoil the story, as the ending is pretty cool, and elevates Mayday to a pretty decent film. This fact aside, I did not care for much of the acting except for Crystal Santos and Michael Paré. Not that the acting was bad, it just seemed to forced and not natural. An example when the newlywed watches her husband vanish she is of course visibly upset, then is calmed down, then kind of falls a sleep, I am thinking if I lose someone, I would be upset, nervous, and angry for the entire flight, no rational person unless given a sleeping pill which we did not see, would just drift off to dreamland while their loved one just is voided from the seat next to you.

Actually director Massimillano Cerchi has a difficult task at hand, because the film is set in one place, the characters barely move thus they are relegated to their airline seats or going to the bathroom, as the plan is in flight for the majority of the Mayday. The script and dialogue are interesting, yet at only 76 minutes, I felt a bit jilted that I was dropped into a film that had already started. Actually, to see the people in the gate waiting for the plane, or even prior to flying would have made me care about the characters more. Understandably though, Mayday is meant to be a sonic blast of horror, mixing elements of the Exorcist and Twilight Zone. Playing out more like an episodic TV show rather than a movie, Mayday could have easily been a plot on The Twilight Zone show, and even worked in a 60 minute time slot.

Kudos to the lighting and DP personnel, too often in Horror films it is so hard to see the action when whatever it is jumps out at you. Mayday you saw from beginning to end the plight of the virtually helpless passengers. I know it seems trivial to point this fact out, but go back in your recent horror film memory and count the number of times you said wow, I can see the things happening.

Overall, I struggled with the rating, a second pass yields slightly better results. Mayday rates a definite rent on Amazon, if you like horror a 14 dollar DVD is not out of line, basically the film is about a 6.5 out of 10, I wanted more, yet Mayday (2019) was not disappointing. Check out the band Leaving Eden, who provides the closing song, appropriately titled Skies of Grey. I have had the opportunity to witness them live a few times and they are quite talented!

Above: Trailer for Mayday (2019)

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Mayday-Michael-Par%C3%A9/dp/B07XMKJM2Q/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Mayday&qid=1568726424&rnid=2941120011&s=instant-video&sr=1-1

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Action/SciFi Film Transit 17 Official Trailer!!!

Above 2019 poster of Transit 17 from Official Facebook Page! (C) 2019 Vision Films.


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers check out this radical trailer for the film Transit 17! Vision Films is on the cusp of releasing this Sci-Fi Epic and watch for a new exclusive interview with Zara Pythian in the coming months!


Point your browsers to the official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/TRANSIT17/

I have covered the film in the past, exclusively! Check out this radical video of Zara live on set of the film! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dNsXlUKMm0

Keep it locked on Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix for new information and exclusives later in 2019! 

Scott Adkins Interview!! (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers. Back in May my good friends Tayah and Dean were able to attend the Fighting Spirit Film Festival in Birmingham and witness the U.K. Theatrical debut of Triple Threat, and to interview the amazing Scott Adkins! Though I posted the video awhile ago, many viewers were not able to see it, thus I have decided to type it out and pay respects to the entire Fighting Spirit Film Festival Staff, and of course the gracious Mr. Adkins. I was not able to attend, nor send a rep for the most recent one, yet I stand in support of this great event. On to Tayah and the one and only Scott Adkins!



DMR: Tayah- Hi I am here with the one and only Scott Adkins on behalf of Dan's Movie Report. I have a few questions for you, can you chat a little bit about working with and having a fight scene with Tony Jaa, in Triple Threat? What are some of the things you did to amplify the action.

Scott Adkins: I did as I was told, because we had Tim Man as our Fight Coordinator. He is brilliant, obviously, I have done a lot of stuff with him. He had a really difficult job as he was creating fights for the best martial arts actors in the world. I think there was a lot of pressure on him and he did not have a lot of time to do it but he did a brilliant Job as he always does. I had always wanted to work with Tony Jaa, it was an absolute pleasure, he is such a humble guy, obviously he is an incredible martial artist, I literally have never been kicked as hard by anyone in my life. I know he was not trying to be he has so much power. He is a great guy, mutual respect. I cannot wait to work with him again and I believe we will.

Above: Exclusive photo from Triple Threat (C) 2019 Well Go USA


DMR: You and Jesse V. Johnson have worked together on more than half a dozen films, can you talk about the chemistry you have together, and why the two of you work so well together?

Scott Adkins: I am just doing more character stuff with Jesse. I am really enjoying doing the more character based action stuff with Jesse as I get a bit older. I am really interested in creating characters and Jesse gives me the space to do that. It is a great working relationship, we know each other's strengths, each other weaknesses. We can be hard on each other, we even have arguments on the set, to be honest, but it is always from a passionate place, where we are trying to do the best work that we can do. It can get pretty heated sometimes, haha, but by the time the film comes out we are both super happy with the direction we are both going.



DMR: I know we are running out of time, will we see Boyka again?

Scott Adkins: I don't think we will. I think Boyka is done. I think he ended in a nice way, he ended in prison, rotting. Haha, yes that is the trajectory of Boyka he is like a tragic hero in a way.

Above: Poster for the film Avengement used for promotional purposes only


DMR: Thanks for that insight to Boyka, what have you got coming up, that you can discuss?

Scott Adkins: Yes I have Hitman 4 coming up. It was great to work with Donnie Yen as he was a childhood hero of mine. He specifically asked for me in that film, so that was great. (Avengement is coming out, character driven action film, again working with director Jesse V. Johnson, very British very gritty, excited about that one.



DMR: OK Great, thanks Scott for taking time out of the Fighting Spirit Festival Birmingham to conduct this interview, we will look forward to watching the new films.

Scott Adkins: Thanks, thank you.

For more information on Scott Adkins please connect with him on his official social media pages:

Scott Adkins IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0012078/

For more information on the amazing Fighting Spirit Film Festival please point your browsers to:


Special thanks to Soo Cole and the entire Fighting Spirit Film Festival staff for their assistance in this interview. Please check out my associate, and interviewer Tayah Kansik. Tayah is an excellent martial artist, actress, and personal protection specialist: http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2019/01/tayah-kansik-acting-action-spotlight-c.html

All photography and videos are courtesy of Dean Meadows, Dean owned and operated Vengeance Magazine in from 2003 to 2006 and now is completing his first feature film Scarlett Cross: https://www.facebook.com/deanmeadowsfilm/


Keep it locked on Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com for the latest news and exclusives!

Action Film Snow Black Spotlight!! (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report

All Photos on this page for Snow Black are copyrighted to Meyham Films and Maverick Entertainment Group. Used for promotional purposes only.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers, director, producer and star of Snow Black Robert Parham has informed me that the film is nearing final principal photography! Just a few more days of shoot remains.



The Facebook Page for Snow Black: https://www.facebook.com/snowblackmovie/





Synopsis for Snow Black: Sarah Camden is a Special Ops mercenary with PTSD. After a failed mission, she gets sent home to bury her mother. Her town has become ridden with crooked politicians, crooked cops, and a new drug called SEED manufactured by the BLOODBORNE gang. After her sister and father are killed at the hands of the Bloodborne gang, Sarah calls in her special ops sisters (THE FOX SQUAD) with the help of a homicide detective (Detective KELLAR) to make her town safe again!

The exciting action film stars the amazing Ron Van Clief as Jeremy Camden, Gloria Hendry as Aunt Sydney, Sarah V. Buckner as Sarah, and Robert Parham as Thomas Keller!

In a couple of weeks Robert has been tapped to direct a new Drama film in Memphis. Robert states: “I have a drama, called Why Me, starts in 2 weeks. It stars Hawthorne James (from Five Heartbeats) and Cyndy Williams (from Mo Better Blues)."



Watch Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com for exclusive coverage of Snow Black in the coming weeks and months leading up to a trailer and the eventual 2020 release of the film! Robert has a whirlwind of action coming your way! 


Incidentally, his prior film Jackson Bolt is available on amazon prime to watch! https://www.amazon.com/Jackson-Bolt-Robert-Parham/dp/B07FFZKDQX/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Jackson+Bolt&qid=1568520974&sr=8-1

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Invincible Dragon (2019) - Movie Review (Region 3 DVD)

Above: IMDB poster for Invincible Dragon



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and www.action-flix.com readers. Today I take one for the team after obtaining Invincible Dragon. After so much promotion on this film during production from various action sites including my own site, I had to watch. The film released in China theatrically on July 2nd and to home market in Asia August 30th.

Rather than going on a long rant and rave about this film, I am keeping the review rather short. Essentially The Invincible Dragon begins as a basic crime drama as women police officers are killed. Actually the initial story is decent, there is some character development, hotheaded cop, concerned boss, etc..., yet the film never manages to allow the audience to care about the characters enough.

Anderson Silva is of course a legendary MMA fighter and all around great guy, but to have him as a lead in his first film is a bit rough, his line delivery is very understated and a bit wooden, that said, he is no worse than many of the secondary characters in the film.

Actresses Stephy Tang and Annie Liu give the film some sex appeal and are decent, yet again they are just side characters in most of the production, save for a few lines. Stephy Tang can act, and has talent she really needed more of a meaty role.

Director Fruit Chan, who is actually quite talented obviously did not have final control of the edit of this film as during the last 30 minutes things go haywire literally and makes zero sense. For the first hour the film is decent, then it tails off due to a long song that basically contains a montage of things that happened in the past, where it should have either opened the film or no song and just went into a story. Finally, a ridiculous ending with very horrid CGI, that made no sense, yeah so we have the boy with the dragon tattoo hah!! Except Zhang's dragon is um, not just an expression.

A few bright spots are JuJu Chan, she plays the wife of Anderson Silva in the film, she is mysterious and turns out to be a cool villain and has the best fight in the film with Zhang Jin, on a train, with what looks to be scaffolding. Sadly the bad train CGI interspersed with the fight lessened the impact a bit.

Zhang Jin is amazing as an action actor, I really enjoy his work. He did his best with the source material, yet some of the action and fights did not have the urgency they should have and the final fight with Anderson Silva is way too long, yep I said it, needed to be shortened. The reason being, it was not epic, had too much interspersed stoppage time, and it seems like posing for the next move rather than a real fight to the death.

Lighting, camera work is good in the non action sequences as Fruit Chan is a master at drama, that said, I did not care for the camera angles during the fight sequences, either the camera was far to close or the angles did not allow the audience to see the action.

Overall, I really wanted to like this film, as I respect Fruit Chan and many of the actors in it, sadly I cannot recommend Invincible Dragon at all, and as a rating perhaps, being kind as I feel today, is a 4 out of 10. If the film eventually finds it's way to Netflix and you like action, watch it for JuJu's fight scene and some of the other action, but otherwise The Invincible Dragon is a forgettable film that will probably deserve to fade away.