Rating – ★★
Asia’s answer to the Expendables. Martial arts legends Tony Jaa (Ong Bak), Tiger Hu Chen (Man of Thai Chi) and Iko Uwais (The Raid) team up for some adrenaline fuelled, testosterone filled action.
Directed by Jesse V. Johnson (Avengement) who has certainly found his genre and is sticking with it, by giving us another thinly scripted but action heavy piece.
Triple Threat works through the dynamic of its three leading stars. Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa and Tiger Hu Chen was a team up fan’s of the genre have been calling out for. Unexpectedly, Johnson utilises their talents as the key selling point here, as it fails to reach the same heights with its other casting choices and razor-thin plot structure.
Johnson favourite Scott Adkins joins Michael Jai White, as part of a (no brains, all brawn) mercenary unit who’s recent mission is to stop Xian (Celina Jade) from bringing down a major crime syndicate. That’s where her path coincidently crosses with the kings of kung fu.
Keeping Xian alive isn’t their only reason for bashing heads with the mercs, as each of the men have their own personal vendettas with the group. With the mercs hot on Xian’s tail, it leads them right onto the trio’s doorstep.
Whilst there’s plenty of focus on the action sequences, there’s a lot to be desired in regards to its story. It lazily takes you from one set piece to the next, with coincidences being what strings them together. There’s a surprising double-crossing aspect woven into the films plot, but its not explored upon in a way that really adds a new layer of depth.
It’s a fun, if not a little forgettable action romp. Where many of its parts fail to break new grounds, it’s engaging enough with its enthusiastic set pieces. There’s far better martial arts movies in the market right now that offer a more engaging narrative and stunt work that surpasses what we see here, but if a bit of mindless, mixed martial arts madness is what you’re feeling, then Netflix has you covered.