St. Jude Square is a neighborhood living in fear and despair. The dueling gangs of local kingpins Dash and Antuan terrorize the streets and the citizens live without a shred of hope… until mysterious stranger Ryan Hong (Cung Le) arrives in town…
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A film that was perhaps not meant to bear the intense scrutiny and hype of action buffs waiting to see what director John Hyams did after his masterful debut, "Regeneration." This is a quick 'n dirty kind of movie, a throwback to the grindhouse era. The colors are washed out; title cards slap across the screen; and fight scenes are plentiful. The script is horrendous but it's still an enjoyable effort for action fans
Peter Hyam’s son is as good a director as he. Peter may work with traditional scripts, and thus, so far better ones, and thus, has so far better films, yet John is also an auteur, in a more modern vein, stylishly standing out among current action helmers at his best, like a Friedkin. The action's camera eye/stop-start motion gives the physicality a unification of momentum. Telling is too wonky here, though.
I'm so glad I live in a world where the aging JCVD and Peter fuckin' Weller (Robocop!) appear in the same film — a badass action film, at that. This one's as much as a departure from the style of Regeneration as Reckoning is, but Hyams' touch is clear and his versatility is impressive. It's not as flooring as his UniSol movies, but still: has DTV cinema ever been so fantastic?