Savage Dog, 2017
Indochina-1959. A lawless land controlled by criminals where Vietnamese warlords and European war criminals hold the power. The Den Dhin Chan Labour Camp is the worst prison in the land, run by a quartet of four dangerous men. It is here that a European former boxing champion, Martin Tillman (Scott Adkins), has found himself. He’s survived the prison by taking part in the illegal fight game which sees wealthy criminals gambling on the outcome. With Tillman due for release – and planning on returning home – the corrupted souls who control the jail will do anything they can to keep him locked down and making money for them. But when all that Tillman holds dear is taken away in a vicious act of violence, he will be forced to walk the road of vengeance and unleash the ‘savage dog’ that dwells within…
Once again Scott is looking for revenge - we have a dead woman - in a movie. The story in this film seems to be subordinate so don't expect the most original plot. But that also doesn't seem to be the goal of the filmmakers. This movie is made for action fans: there are many man to man fights. Scott is busy with using choppers, shotguns, grenades to kill people or is just strangling, kicking or beating people.
Savage Dog is Scott Adkins' most violent movie since Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. Expect buckets of blood. The fights are slightly different than what we used to see in many other Scott's movies. They are more grounded and rawer, and for example almost no flying kicks. The fights look awesome and very brutal.
Also Scott himself is very violent and very bloody. This movie once proves to us that the movies of Scott are a bit darker, and far more violent that we've seen before from for example Jean-Claude van Damme or Arnold Schwarzenegger. There may not be a doubt that Scott is the Savage Dog...