November 29, 2021 (NYC)-Castle Falls (2021) Was Worth The Wait. When Taekwondo Life Magazine spoke to Scott Adkins in June, 2020 the production of Castle Falls had come to a halt as the world shut down during the height of the Global Coronavirus Pandemic. Earlier this year production on the film resumed, and it is set to hit theaters on Friday 3, 2021. Castle Falls was worth the wait-it is very good.
The tightly scripted and efficiently directed film features Adkins and fellow martial artist and action star Dolph Lundgren. As both “down and out” men’s paths cross in their quest for $3 million hidden in an abandoned hospital they find themselves having to elude a ruthless gang in search of the money. The situation is accelerated by the near imminent demolition of the hospital where the quest is underway forcing an alliance in order to survive.
While this film does not have the same humor and chemistry of Adkins’ Debt Collector buddy films, it is still impressive to see these two martial arts action legends work together and play off of each other’s strengths. They both do a good job individually, and together, in demonstrating their acting and action skills. This is a small film with a big heart.
As for the action; the film does not disappoint. There is plenty of action and well choreographed fighting, including the great scenes where Adkins and Lundgren face off against each other. For a 90 minute film the audience is treated to a great sampling of Scott Adkins’ martial arts and Taekwondo acumen. He is one of the most fun action stars to watch, on the scene today.
Lundgren is the film’s Director, and he does a very good job. The film is visually accessible, past faced, and fun to watch. I applaud Lundgren for his direct approach to the story, the action, and the fight choreography. The abandoned hospital provides a visually interesting setting for the majority of the film’s action. This film balances the action and the drama for a highly watchable end product.
Note: Look out for the famed Lundgren Construction Companion in the film.
-review by Marc Zirogiannis, Editor-in Chief
CASTLE FALLS, a Film by Dolph Lundgren
Starring: Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren, Kevin Wayne, Jim E. Chandler, Luke Hawx, Scott Hunter and Kim DeLonghi
Synopsis: After decades of neglect, Castle Heights Hospital, this symbol of the city’s segregated past has been packed with dynamite and is ready to be demolished. No one knows that a gang leader, now in prison, hid the 3 million dollars in cash he stole from his rivals inside the abandoned building. Now, three desperate parties want the money – a blue collared ex-fighter (Adkins) who finds it while working as part of the demolition crew, a prison guard (Lundgren) willing to do anything to pay for his daughter’s cancer treatment and a ruthless gang who claim to be the rightful owners. The demolition charges are set, everyone clears out and the Castle is set to fall in 90 minutes. The clock is ticking. Who will find the cash and: will they get out alive?
Run Time: 1 hr 30 minutes
Released by: Shout Studios!