2 out of 10
Release Date: 1st November 2006 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Ross Boyask (Warrioress / Ten Dead Men)
Cast: Glenn Salvage, Andy Prior, Adam Chapman, Kevin Akehurst, Adrian Foiadelli, PL Hobden, Vicki Vilas, Adam Hawkins with John Rackham and Nelson E Ward
Writer: Ross Boyask, PI Hobden, Adrian Foiadelli
Trailer: LEFT FOR DEAD
The cut-price John Woo-wannabe from Brighton, director Ross Boyask, made two kung-fu flicks at his local gym – the second was Ten Dead Men and his first was this! Starring the permanently vexed looking and lanky Glenn Salvage (UNDERGROUND) as the gang enforcer, Williams who wants to go straight, you know where this is going before you press play on your DVD. Unfortunately, his evil boss Kincaid (ADAM CHAPMAN) decrees that “Nobody leaves!” so he orders him to be executed after a hostile takeover – that opens the movie. One thing Kincaid never took into account was how fast and smart Williams is. He outsmarts his two fellow hardmen, Kevin Akehurst and Adrian Foiadelli as Dylan and Taylor, and goes into hiding. Later on he teams up with a boxer, played by Andy Prior, who Kincaid has bought to throw fights. The film culiminates in a massive long martial arts battle in said local gym. Look closely and you will spot Britpic stalwarts Steve Lawson and Joey Ansah amongst the doomed opponents.
Ten Dead Men was more accomplished because it had a better (but equally challenged) cast and a decent fight choreographer. Here the script is of the bog-standard verbal stage direction variety. And our leading man Glenn Salvage says all his lines hopping on foot like someone else in desperate need of a toilet. He hisses his lines with a strange desperation. As the film moves into ‘odd-couple’ territory, Left For Dead begins to contain the worst-acted action buddy team up ever. The fighting is patchy too. Only a handful of scenes look the business – otherwise it’s littered with clunky combat and is often reminiscent of the ‘Brock Landers’ action-porn spoofs that appeared in Boogie Nights – remember?
Here’s a clip from Brock Landers: Link
In a word, this is a fan-made homage made by the director, Ross Boyask, with his pals on the weekend as a male bonding exercise. It does show some ambition yet his later film Ten Dead Men is a better attempt at an action flick. His latest was the diabolical Warrioress. Anyone that’s bought Left For Dead though is bound to be disappointed unless homemade kung-fu flicks are their thing.
2 out of 10 – The ordinary plot keeps this one going. This plus a strange fascination with the leading man Glenn Salvage’s pony tail-goatee combo – which give him a distinct look and style to carry on his movie career. Yes his pony tail could do that for him. He does need acting lessons though but I’ll take this opportunity to send readers of this review in the direction of Steve Lawson’s The Silencer (for which Salvage is also the lead)… His brief career as leading man has been chronicled on this site, Joe Pesci II even has a man-crush or a regular ‘gay’ crush on him. Not sure.
editor’s note – Glenn Salvage no longer has a pony-tail 😦
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?