Wednesday 9 May 2012
DVD review: The Apprentice (1999)
Martial artist Tye Cameron (Josh Cameron) is leading a nowhere existence when he is confronted by Benjamin (Edward Symington) - a cold blooded hitman and leader of an international band of mercenary assassins. Benjamin offers Tye a lucrative future and the chance to wipe the streets clean of hard-core criminals, drug deales, and murderers. Recruited to be a stone-cold killer, Tye quickly proves his skills. But he is haunted by images of his victims, and begin to question his death-dealing abilities. And when Tye discovers that an innocent cop is his next target, he rebells against Benjamin and his army of assassins, provoking a wildly explosive, guns-blazing showdown that will blow you away. The Apprentice is written by Justin Reznick and directed by Josh Cameron who also stars as Tye Cameron. The camera work and editing is good, the soundtrack is good and the acting ranges from good to decent. The shootouts look good and the scenes featuring martial arts are good but I would have liked to have seen more of them.. There ain´t no gore to speak of, there are some gory squibs but that´s it. And it´s practical squibs not computer gendered ones that you see here and there nowadays.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Independent Cinema.
Rating: 6 out of 7. The Apprentice is a good solid action flick, check it out! It´s a bit strange and sad that director Josh Cameron hasn´t directed a movie since 1999...