September 29, 2020 (NYC)–Michael Jai White’s“Welcome to Sudden Death” is a low budget, reimagining of the 1990’s Jean-Claude Van Damme film of similar title. This comedic-action film released this week on Netflix, DVD, and other streaming services.
While our request for a screening copy of the film was ignored it did not impact my impression of the film. The movie is a fun, fast paced action film with a simple, and familiar, story. Highly skilled, overqualified, security guard, White, is forced into a mission to single-handedly save his family and an arena of innocent basketball fans. The heart of the film is Jai White’s charisma, likability, and Taekwondo founded fighting skills.
I enjoyed the fight scenes very much in this one.
While I would not consider the film one of “The Black Dragon’s” best, it is a highly watchable martial arts, action thriller. For film buffs, it pays homage to Van Damme’s Sudden Death, Bruce Willis’ Die Hard films, as well as John Frankenheimer’s, Black Sunday.
R – for some bloody violence, and language
-by Marc Zirogiannis