4.5 out of 10
Release Date: 7th October 2016 (DVD Premiere)
Cast: Angela Dixon, Nigel Whitmey, Velibor Topic, Heather Peace, Rami Nasr, Sarah Perles, Samantha Bolter, Michael Xavier, Sanita Sims with Glenn Salvage and Lisa Eichorn
Writer: The Ford Brothers
Trailer: NEVER LET GO
After delivering two very competent international zombie movies (The Dead 1 & 2) on a shoe-string budget, the Ford Brothers venture to North Africa to do a female remake of Taken (or anyother number of straight-to-video clunkers of the 2000s).
Never Let Go stars Angela Dixon (OFFENSIVE) (unknown to me) as an American special-forces operative to takes her baby on holiday to Morocco. The father of the child is a married US Senator and is a very busy man (possibly evil). Anyway, the baby is kidnapped by some East Europeans; Velibor Topic (THE SMOKE) and Joe Pesci II’s fave, Glenn Salvage (THE SILENCER) – yes, The Silencer himself! Ms Dixon will stop at nothing to recover her kid. Police, holidaymakers, men with stubble beware – she’ll bellow, “My DAUGHTER, WHERE IS SHE!” in their face. She pistol whips pigeons, dogs, people, children, everybody who stands in her way. The film is relentless, predictable and fast paced. Where Never Let Go succeeds is its committment to being a good ‘meat and two veg’ bog standard action film. Compare this to Neil Jones‘ dog shit Age of Kill and immediately the contrasts are obvious. The Ford Brothers don’t execute their action scenes with a heavy heart or with ill-preperation. At times this feels like a top-notch actioner we may have seen Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock starring in 15 years ago. Times have changed though and it’s all old hat, as good as the finished product may be. It’s too late in the day for a film like this to offer anything new. The Fords came up with some ingenius twists to the well-trodden, sad zombie genre, so I was hoping for something fresh here. Sadly, it’s a half-baked script and a repetitve story on offer. Shame really because I was looking forward to a third outing in The Dead series. Instead, we got this. Something no one was looking for, except for Joe Pesci II who got to see Glenn Salvage do his thing for the first time in years.
4.5 out of 10 – Not bad, but it’s nothing new. Tried and tested ground but it does have some great action sequences.
Review by Joe Pesci II aka Matt Usher (Never Stop Tugging) below
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Angela Dixon: Offensive, A Dark Reflection, Dead End (2013)
- Nigel Whitmey: Fireman Sam (voice)(TV), Casualty (TV)
- Velibor Topic: Our Kind of Traitor, Convenience, The Smoke, Outpost 3
- Heather Peace: Waterloo Road (TV), Ultimate Force (TV), London’s Burning (TV)
- Samantha Bolter: Darkest Day
- Glenn Salvage: Aux, Essex Heist, Footsoldier (voice), The Dead – Africa (2011), Ten Dead Men, Underground (2008), The Silencer, Left For Dead
- Lisa Eichhorn: Offensive, About Time, Moon 44, Cutter’s Way