In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
Skin Trade is a moderately watchable B grade action flick.The whole affair has a real 80's vibe with larger than life hero's and villains set against a formula that been done many many times before. That said there's nothing inherently wrong with this film. As far as action shooters go this is entertaining. Its interesting too to see Dolph Lundgren still in the drivers seat. In spite of the fact I think he is nearing 60 he can still mix it up with some really decent martial arts fight scenes. I enjoyed this film. Its not pretending to be anything other than what it is and on this level I think it works quite well. Six out of ten from me.
Nicolas F. Costoglou
Skin Trade is a surprisingly well made action movie, with a surprisingly emotional core.You believe that Lundgren misses his family and that he would do everything in his power do the right thing. Tony Jaa is very athletic and his fight scenes were very entertaining, but he also was a believable cop with good motivation. Also Ron Perlman who always work as a bad guy.The cinematography of this movie is very well done and the lighting department did an incredible job. The editing worked very good in the action scenes, but the jump cuts which were made for some scene transitions felt kinda alienating at times.This movie has enough action and enough drama to entertain...
After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests, NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network. Skin Trade stars Dolph Lundgren Ron Perlman, Michael Jai White, Peter Weller and Tony Jaa there's a lot of quick action sequences that looked really cool, a lot of action and some good suspense and i was thrilled and enjoyed the movie for what it was a low budget action/thriller with some pretty good performances but don't except anything more and probably the last good Lundgren movie for a long time now.
When I saw that this movie was coming out, I waited patiently for it to come out in theaters, but then I discovered it was coming out only on Video on Demand, I could not wait for it to be released on Netflix, so for the first time I rented a movie using VOD.How could I not? Dolph Lundgren teaming up with Tony Jaa to stop human trafficking! What more could you want? I tell you what more, Michael Jai white is what more. The idea that White and Jaa may battle each other alone is worth the seven bucks (totally worth the seven bucks). Big and clunky action oldie Lundgren even gets an impressive shot at Jaa worth seeing. Rounding out the all-star cast that screams good action movie is originally Robocop Peter Weller as the bad ass captain of the police force, and the great Ron Pearlman as the head of the Siberian mafia. It's the first time I've seen a movie that showcases the Siberian mob so that was something unique they brought to an action movie.I'll admit, the movie exploits some issues of bringing Jaa to a more international (American) Market. Lucky for us, that only met that he had to lay out the best cheesy one-liners his lack of English can articulate It reminds me of The Protector, not Jaa's movie but one of Jackie Chan's first attempts at coming to America, but unlike Chan, Jaa did not have to wait until Rush Hour for the western world to get what he's doing. Instead with Skintrade, they just added what he does to the mix of over bloated testosterone loaded Hollywood action, similar to his role in Furious 7.Great action flick!