Reviewed bydhorgan100Vote: 9/10/10
Director Daniel Zirilli has created an action packed film that deliverson many levels. The poignant relationship between lead players,intertwined with the brutal drug lord Steven Seagal portrays, kept meinvolved in this international action film that is masterfullyexecuted. Zirilli has a keen sense of direction not only for action,but also stunning aerial shots, and genuine performances that put AsianConnection in the same league as "Goodfellas" and "Die Hard". If youwant a fun evening of action entertainment with a strongstoryline....this is it.
Reviewed bycoryshpprdVote: 6/10/10
The film was pretty good, not great, but an enjoyable watch. It'sdefinitely a low budget endeavor but the backdrop of Thailand alongwith some solid directing and camera work pick ups some of the slack.It's a well-paced bank heist story with several interesting elements,including an inside man with bad blood for Seagal, and a unique"switching out" of heist partners about 2/3 of the way through. Noover-the-top, "every 15 minutes a fight scene" action but instead it'smore about suspense and nuggets of conflict where it supports thestory.
Seagal has a different kind of role in this film. As the drug lord fromwho the two protagonists are stealing (several times, in fact), Seagalhas mostly a speaking role with little martial arts included from him.He's not out saving the day but instead a bad guy getting jacked bythieves while also being double-crossed by one of his own men. MichaelJai White, on the other hand, has only one scene in the movie, andwhile he's a powerful presence, it's hardly worth his face on thecover.
Strongest character in my opinion was Niran, the inside man played bySahajak Boonthanakit (Nicolas Refn's "Only God Forgives"). Veryunderstated but nefarious, and a decent actor. The lead, John LeeEdward, not so much. His girlfriend, Pim Bubear, made up for Edwardthough with a comfortable, genuine ease to her performance thatsomewhat balanced out the pair.
Asian Connection offers an interesting blend of action and suspensefrom a story and characters you wouldn't expect. Definitely worth awatch.
Reviewed bynama chakravortyVote: 5/10/10
'The Asian Connection' is An Okay Watch, despite a few arrestingmoments & a top-billed Steven Seagal. I liked the attempt, but theexecution isn't foolproof.
'The Asian Connection' Synopsis: Two American expatriates, Jack andSam, unwittingly steal a drug lord's money when they rob a series ofbanks in Southeast Asia and become the target of the gangster'svengeance.
'The Asian Connection' begins well, but the narrative falls short asits progresses. The characters appear lethargic, although the villainhas his moments. Also, the pace is inconsistent. The Writing needed tobe stronger, crisper. There was great potential here, but it onlyutilizes only half of it.
Daniel Zirilli's Direction is passable. Cinematography is standard.Editing lacks sharpness. Action-Sequences are very okay.
Performance-Wise: Steven Seagal is on a roll. 'The Asian Connection' ishis 3rd release in a span of just a month, first Sniper: Special Ops,then Code of Honor & now this. He's seen in a negative role here & hedoes his best. Michael Jai White is wasted. John Edward Lee is a looseleading man. Byron Gibson is efficient. Sahajak Boonthanakit isordinary.
On the whole, 'The Asian Connection' is fair.
Two American expatriates, Jack and Sam, unwittingly steal a drug lord's money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia and become the target of the gang's vengeance. When Sam is killed, Jack turns to the love of his life, Pom, and the couple becomes a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde that takes the fight to the gang.