Review: THE DEBT COLLECTOR Pays In Full With Another Solid Adkins/Johnson Package
The past several years have seen quite a bit from stunt multi-hyphenate and filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson. Notable efforts like the classy and cool noir, The Beautiful Ones, and down and dirty action thrillers like Savage Dog and Accident Man have all come to pass as some of the best the genre has put out by far, and not without the measured efforts of our director in his current stride with actor Scott Adkins - a dauntless screen talent with twenty years in film and television - who is a continual quest to break more ground as a prospective mainstream entertainer.
Actor and martial artist David William No, certainly a name to make note of in the weeks since trading blows and blades with actor Eric Jacobus in the hit shortfilm, Blindsided: The Game, inaugurates the heavy hitting fight action opposite our lead action star. Rounding out the film's cavalcade of muscle are Adkins' fellow Undisputed 3 cohort Esteban Cueto, sibling stunt duo Jamal and Big John Duff and Rob Mars with choreographer and coordinator Luke LaFontaine sizing up the fight scenery. The editing and cinematography lend a seamless display for action fans, and a warm welcome for critics ever aware of the entropic nature of action on film; As recent history shows, the likes of Johnson and LaFontaine are far from other ne'er-do-well types to make any crippling mistakes in that department.
Compared to a lot of other independent directors, he has a certain cultivation in his creative stride and a sense of wisdom etched into the visage of his character design and general aesthetic that can entertain today's audiences, as well as film fans reminiscent of a yesteryear era of cinema. He applies his craft with a refreshing resolve to steady the eyes, along with the top-notch, almost wall-to-wall fight action, stuntwork and gun play that culminates the film's grim subtext and situational irony that lends a solemn, prodigious and rather pleasant capitulation to an action film with a deserving action star on its marquee.
The Debt Collector has a limited theatrical release starting on June 5 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center along with a DVD release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.