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The Lackey (2012/Cinema Epoch DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Main Program: C+

Jude St. Clere (Shawn Paul Piccinino) is just a street thug for hire, for the right price he will do anything, but when he suddenly finds out he has a daughter via his ex-junkie girlfriend, he vows to take care of her and stop being a street thug. The only way for him to get out of it is to go in for one last big job, to stop a bloody turf war between two mobs in Piccinino's The Lackey (2012).

Jude is the title character and the is the best that money can buy; as muscle for hire, he gets paid and he doesn't have deal with bosses, and that's the way he likes it. His only friend is a strange Chinese flower shop guy, who takes care of him when he is drunk or falls. In order to get paid, he'll have to single handily take the mob and the feared The Russian: literally, it is his last job.

This was your typical guy trying to leave the mob and his violent life style, but having no skills but their violence, they have to be the last man standing in order to do so. It was a bit over the top with the feared hitman The Russian with a Chinese guy turning out to present a somewhat unexpected twist, but for these type of films, story and plot is not point, you watch it for the fights and to see who is the toughest man.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 HD-shot image is a little weak and sloppy, as is the lossy Dolby Digital sound, so watching it can be a very mixed experience and there are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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