Saturday, July 22, 2017

Locked Up - Movie Review 2017 (C) 2017 Dan's Movie Report

Poster on IMDB for 'Locked Up'

After watching the great 'Jailbait' movie with Erin O'Brien as one of the leads and it had a solid story, I was looking forward to the sequel and new ideas. Sadly Locked Up was a very poor film all the way through.

The story was very ragged, basically about a barely legal or not inmate new to this jail but it then turns into a tournament fighting film but with ridiculous sexual situations and salacious undertones. The lead actress while not all her fault was drab and uninspiring, I mean she did not sell the scenes she was in, and her facial expressions were sub par

Katrina Grey is perhaps the only bright spot in the film and excels with the limited script. She does her best to sell emotion and empathy. A totally unnecessary love scene a lesbian love scene with her and the lead actress is not ever unpleasant but at times def not needed. That said, being male, I will say it was a bit sexy, a bit over the top, and crude, oddly my TV stayed on.

The fighting scenes were very tepid, I really thought they should have tried to just either concentrate on a more action or more thought provoking story. I know Katrina deserves better than this. I feel that this move is a rent only if you like 90s Cinemax fare or like to watch girls naked, simulating sex. Locked Up is a very tepid 4 our of 10, added one point for Katrina, but overall would have to say pass.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Savage Dog- Movie Review (C) 2017 Dan's Movie Report-Danny Templegod

Above: German Blu-Ray of the amazing 'Savage Dog'

Savage Dog Movie Review © 2017 Dan's Movie Report- Danny Templegod

Bullets, hearkening back to a bygone era, long brutal fights. Savage Dog hits hard with a final 45 minute assault on the senses. I usally wax long and poetic ha, but this time, brevity is the key. I absolutely loved the last 45 minutes, but was not overly impressed by the setup. Jesse V. Johnson, is an amazing creative mind, with a loyal and fierce love for action. Obviously, this is a very low budget film, but I kind of wish more time was spent with the softer buildup.

Full disclosure: Jesse was gracious enough to use my suggestion of JuJu Chan for the lead female character. I feel that even 3-5 minutes more spent on her life prior to, would have made this a better film. It almost seems like more was written, but not filmed. Her character, Isabelle should have had more scenes in the village where she came from. Actress Sheena Chou plays Keith David's lady and she seems to have needed more screen time as well.

That said, the lead actors, Marko, Mr Adkins, Cung Le, are whirlwind of talent, energy, and viperous insults! Booming voice man Keith David provides an old-school narration, actually the narration, in this sense is really needed. The dialogue is the device used to flesh out the characters. The mud pit for fighting, and brutal battling at the end, are great considering limited budget and location constraints.

I must give a special mention to the costuming of LM creating the look of 50s era costuming is so difficult across cultural lines. Jesse was able to procure the use of a period era jeep and various accoutrements of the time. The dank and dirty conditions and his (Adkins) imprisonment made it VERY authentic.

The most important thing about this film is this is forging new relationships between cast and crew. Jesse V. Johnson picked actors of strong moral character, and intense drive. As Jesse's budgets rise, so will his status. I first wrote about Jesse in 2004 for Vengeance Magazine, way back with Pit Fighter. He puts full focus on his work.

I am looking forward to Accident Man and Triple Threat, with bigger budgets they should be action forces of nature. Jesse again picked some amazing talents featured on my site before!

Overall rating on Savage Dog is a 6.99999 out of 10! I so much wanted to give this a 7, but I cannot, sometimes you need a bit more to push the film over.

The Film is currently available  on Amazon in Germany! USA August 4th!

Please check out my extensive interviews with actresses JuJu Chan, Sheena Chou, Marko Zaror, photographer Ben Burton, and the amazing LM Designs across My site and The Action Elite!