Monday 6 June 2022

REVIEW: Lord of the Streets - Starring Anthony 'Treach' Criss, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and Khalil Rountree Jr.

Review by Jonnis
Jason Dyson (Anthony 'Treach' Criss) is a former MMA fighter, he quit after killing his opponent in the ring, and now he has a gambling and drinking problem, his wife and kid want nothing to do with him, so his life has pretty much hit rock bottom. 

When he refuses to make his prized fighter throw an MMA match, notorious gangster Kane (Quinton Jackson) decides to collects his debt by killing the fighter and kidnapping Jason's daughter Stacy (Chanda Am). To get his daughter back he has to train a prisoner to win five fights in a row in an underground MMA cage.

The film comes across as a run of the mill, paint by numbers type of film, you have the former fighter whose life has hit rock bottom, a family who want nothing to do with him, but he still loves, and the big gangster wanting payment for a debt. It is all standard stuff

There are a few recognisable MMA fighters in the film, other than Rampage, the most recognisable is Anderson Silva, the problem is that MMA guys just aren't very good actors, now I am not saying Pro Wrestlers are, but at least they have had training in performing to a crowd, and there has been some cross over in that world, with The Rock and John Cena. In the MMA world, only Rampage Jackson can claim a modicum of success as an actor.

Now with this been a Tubi original, the film is available for free, so it is not like you are going to lose anything from watching this, other than your time. So that is a positive.

The Good
Some of the fight scenes are decent, and it is always interesting to see someone you recognise in a film that you would not expect to see them in.

The Bad
The plot isn't great, and you will not really have any emotional investment in any of the characters.

A simple film about overcoming the odds. It is no Rocky, but I have seen worse in this genre. Plus, it is free!

I score Lord of the Streets a passable 5/10

Available free wherever you get Tubi at