3 Things I Love in my Action Movies. Scott Adkins Kicking, Punching and Shooting his way through the Flick.. Isaac Florentine in the Directors chair and an unexpectedly awesome turn from Mario Van Peebles!!!
If I have said it once I have said it a million times! I am a sucker for a Scott Adkins movie. I mean how the hell could you not be? He is a super awesome Brit who is super awesome at the punches and kicks. The good thing is you rarely have to wait long for your next fix because dude is a workhorse and likes to keep himself busy. Add in the fact this is an Issac Florentine movie and these guys have created magic on multiple occasions, your left to wonder just how much of a good time you are in for…
Oh also Mario Van Peebles is sharing top billing here and honestly while I have always seen MVP as being criminally underrated, I can’t remember the last time I saw him this good. So let’s jump into Seized and see what it has to offer.
Director: Isaac Florentine Writer: Richard Lowry
Cast: Scott Adkins, Mario Van Peebles, Karlee Perez, Steven Elder
Former Special Agent Nero (Adkins) has retired and moved somewhat off the grid after the death of his wife. Trying to teach his son Taylor that violence is not always the answer is about to become much harder than he thinks when he is drugged and woken by a mysterious voice on the other end. Cartel boss Mzamo (Van Peebles) has kidnapped his son and is forcing him to kill members of his rival cartel factions. Begging the question exactly how far will Nero go, how many people will lose their lives and is there anything he won’t do to rescue his son???
I have to admit towards the start of this one I was a little discombobulated due to the random speed zooms into and out of people’s faces, the strange “Dutch Angles” from behind the tables but once these settled down and the movie let itself relax we were off to the races. Adkins and the kid playing his son (Matthew Garbacz) genuinely have a bit of a bond here but the movie really kicks in once we get Van Peebles.
Speaking of Mario Van, well shit!!! He is so good in this really hamming up the bad guy role and chewing the scenery like the seasoned Veteran actor he is. The dynamic between him and Adkins is on point, the one liners back and forth never really let up and you can tell they are having fun with this somewhat campy dialogue.
The main thing that was never in doubt was how good the fight scenes would be and there is an equal measure of throwing hands to gunplay, we are even given one hell of “hands tied behind my back” sequence proving just how good this man is.
Janky camera movements at the beginning aside there are some really sexy first person shots in here. It is never quite to much just enough to satisfy the most die hard COD fans. Florentine has done a good job once again with what he has and the film did look like it was going to fall into certain tropes before swinging a left and heading elsewhere, which is super duper refreshing when it doesn’t go where you think it will like most of these genre movies. With that said though this really is what you may have come to expect from this Director and these actors. I’m really not gonna moan about that though eh?
this is a 3.8 out of 5 for me, I really enjoyed it and and a fun time but in the scheme of Adkins movies that I love, this one sits somewhere in the upper mid tier.