Friday 8 February 2013

DVD review: The Falkland Man (Video 2001)

Ex-special forces operative Hector Riviera (Hector Echavarria)  has put the blood and thunder of his military years behind him and now lives a quiet life with his family. But when his best friend Tomas is murdered, the old soldier immediately reverts to his old ways and vows to take his revenge. This means only one thing: Hector must track down and confront the dreaded serial killer who took Tomas' life. The Falkland Man is written by Jonathan Davenport and is directed by Paul Schultz. The acting is pretty good, Hector Echavarria makes a good and likeable hero and sure gets to show off his martial arts skills in this. I must also mention that is was very nice to see Bill Wallace although he only has a small role as a bartender but he does get to show some of his moves. I wish that he had gotten some more screentime. Michael Qissi is good as the bad guy, he´s best known as the evil Tong Po in Kickboxer (1989). The camerawork and editing is good. The pacing is good. The highlights in this flick are undoubtedly the fightscenes and I want to point out that the fightchoreography is excellent. There´s no gore in this. There´s no T & A in this.
The Falkland Man is also known as Final Assault (alternative title in Italy / USA), Der schlafende Wolf (DVD title in Germany), Los Bravos (alternative title in Argentina / USA) and The Day of the Dragon Soldier (DVD title in UK).
This review is based upon the german region 2 DVD release from Best Entertainment AG, I believe it is uncut (even though the running time of the DVD release is just 77 minutes, according to IMDB this is the correct running time) and english audio is available.
Rating: 5½ out of 7. I enjoyed The Falkland Man, it´s well made, has good pacing, lots of action and fights are impressive. If you´re a fan of actionmovies and especiallly martial arts flicks you should check this one out.


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