Second off, as you probably know, Scott Adkins is often underestimated and he is one of the action actors who certainly deserve more recognition.
The British star often referred as the direct-to-DVD king is arguably one of the hardest working men in the action show business.
On top of that, he is quite possibly the most skilled one in terms of close combat knowledge, mastering more than six different martial art forms.
As you know, every successful actor has a cult role that became almost like a synonym of his personality.
For Arnold Schwarzenegger, this is the role of the Terminator and for Sylvester Stallone for example, this is Rambo or Rocky, you name it.
It is easy to guess that the career-defining role of Scott Adkins is the character of Yuri Boyka from the celebrated ‘Undisputed’ franchise.
However, after the British action-comedy sensation ‘Accident Man’ (2018), chances are that this might change.
More on that in the sentences below.
As per Scott Adkins himself, ‘Accident Man’ marks one of his most passionate projects up to date.
Based on a comic book written by Pat Mills and Tony Skinner, the movie presents us the violent world of the professional assassins in the city of London.
The story revolves around the cocky hitman Mike Fallon who is known for his extravagant methods of making his murders look like unfortunate accidents.
Mike does his job flawlessly and follows the three golden rules of the profession: don’t get angry, never get involved, and never get caught.
The things drastically change after one day Mike’s former girlfriend and environmental activist Beth is brutally murdered in her apartment in a seemingly ordinary break and enter crime act.
The experienced Mike Fallon soon discovers that this is rather a set up and Beth was intentionally assassinated.
The action kicks off after Mike decides to go after her killers and swears to avenge her death and uncover the final ‘client’ who made the hit.
Cast and Crew
The director of ‘Accident Man’ is the frequent collaborator with Scott Adkins Jesse V. Johnson (‘Triple Threat’, ‘Savage Dog’).
Besides playing the leading role of Mike Fallon, Adkins co-wrote and co-produced the movie.
If there is one word to describe the cast, it would be ‘impressive’ and this is one of the reasons which makes ‘Accident Man’ more than just ‘an above-average’ movie.
The talented Irish-born actor Ray Stevenson (‘Thor’, ‘Punisher: War Zone’) plays Big Ray – a legendary retired assassin who once took Mike Fallon under his wing.
The martial arts beast Michael Jai White (‘Blood and Bone’,’ Spawn’) is in the role of the hitman with a military background and a colleague of Mike Mick.
We continue with another martial arts star – Ray Park (‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’, ‘X-Men’) who is also a hitman and Mick’s best friend.
The Oscar-nominee character actor David Paymer (‘Get Shorty’) shines in the role of the firm’s frontman Milton.
The acclaimed fight choreographer Tim Man (‘Ong-Bak 2’) not only directed the fight stunts of ‘Accident Man’ but he has a short appearance too.
The 6’8”-320lb beast Martyn Ford, mostly known for ‘Boyka: Undisputed’ also has a small appearance as a masseuse in the movie.
The smokingly hot Ashley Greene (‘Twilight’) plays Charlie, Beth’s best friend.
The talented martial artist and stuntwoman Amy Johnston (‘Deadpool’, Lady Bloodfight’) plays the brutal assassin Jane The Ripper.
‘Accident Man’ – The Movie Review
What makes ‘Accident Man’ stand out is the masterful, equitable usage of action and comedy.
It’s not just an action movie. It’s a movie in which the action and the comedy go hand in hand like two lovers on Valentine’s Day.
There are plenty of laugh out loud moments as well as jaw-dropping martial arts sequences, a trademark of everything in which Scott Adkins gets involved.
From the beginning of the movie, we are thrown into the alluring world of the professional assassins who meet in a dark lighted place, disguised as a bar.
Sure enough, they have their code of honor and golden rules that everyone has sworn to respect.
It is somehow reminiscent of the stylish underground society portrayed in ‘John Wick’.
Here is the time to mention that the characters are compelling, especially the hitmen.
Every one of them uses crazy different methods of doing their job and for some that includes using poison or applying new and inventive means such as exploding micro-ovens, for instance.
All that is very-well-presented and with plenty of humor.
If it is for Scott Adkins, he is just excellent in the role of Mike Fallon.
I think that it won’t be forcedly to say that this is arguably his best role up to date.
The character of the cocky and arrogant hitman Mike Fallon fits him like a glove.
Mike can be brutal and hilarious at the same time and he suffers from PMT – post-murder tension which he relieves by beating up random hoodlums.
But as he says, he doesn’t just fight people anymore, he fucking destroys them.
Scott’s longtime friend and colleague Michael Jai White is awesome as the former soldier, turned assassin Mick.
Jai White has proven in movies such as ‘Black Dynamite’ (2009) that he can easily play both serious and funny characters while showcasing his spectacular martial arts prowess.
This is also the case in ‘Accident Man’ and make no doubt that Mick is one hell of an interesting character.
Ray Stevenson as the retired hitman Big Ray completely steals the show at some moments and he deserves two big thumbs up for his classy performance.
The writers have put a little side story looking back 15 years ago when Big Ray taught Mike Fallon how to be a professional assassin and it is quite enjoyable.
Speaking of classy, the whole movie is set in England and many of the characters talk with a distinguishable British accent which adds a pinch of charm to the whole picture.
Come on, ask about the action scenes.
Yes, they are abundant and skillfully choreographed.
But did you expect something different from a movie in which both the fight choreographer Tim Man and Scott Adkins are involved?
There are plenty of exhilarating martial arts sequences courtesy of Adkins, the enthralling Amy Johnston, and Michael Jai White.
Amy Johnston’s performance in ‘Lady Bloodfight’ marked the apparition of a new female martial arts star on the horizon and in ‘Accident Man’ she solidifies her position as an emerging action star.
Her character Jane The Ripper is sexy, seductive and deadly at the same time.
We also see some fantastic sword fights.
The muscular build British actor Perry Benson (‘Sid and Nancy’, This is England’) in the role of the frantic hitman Finicky Fred is so good in his performance that you have no doubt that there is a real psychopath on the screen.
The dialogue is very smart and witty and there are plenty of hilarious one-liners.
To be honest’ I haven’t laughed so hard while watching a movie in years.
The music score is right on place and fits perfectly in the whole picture.
The chemistry between the actors on the screen is phenomenal and I think that this is one of the many reasons because of which ‘Accident Man’ feels like a breath of fresh air.
The story is simple, yet very amusing and absorbing.
Overall, the movie is so well-made that it has a theatrical feeling although it is a direct-to-DVD release.
The ending is quite satisfying and, as you may suspect, rather bloody.
‘Accident Man’ (2018) is a revelation.
It is not flawless but with all the fun, the flaws are not visible at all.
It is easily the best action-comedy movie of the year so far and marks one of Scott Adkin’s most memorable roles.
It is hugely entertaining with its breathtaking action scenes and laugh out loud comedy scenes.
Images via ‘Accident Man’ official Facebook Page.
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