Monday, March 15, 2021

Insight Review: An Entertaining Martial Arts Thriller

Tony Todd	...	Carl Keith David	Keith David	...	Captain Duke Madeline Zima	Madeline Zima	...	Abby John Savage	John Savage	...	Frank Ken Zheng	Ken Zheng	...	Jian Adam Huss	Adam Huss	...	Mason

Release date: March 12, 2021
Running time: 80 minutes
Starring: Ken Zheng, Tony Todd, Keith David, Madeline Zima 
Directors: Ken Zheng, Livi Zheng
Writer: Ken Zheng

Jian (Ken Zheng) is a counter terrorism agent who blends his skills as a martial artist and clairvoyant to bring the world's most nefarious individuals to justice. This lone wolf is is forced to make an unexpected detour to Los Angeles upon receipt of the devastating news of a cover up surrounding his brother's alleged suicide. With the reluctant help of LAPD detectives, Abby (Madeline Zima), Carl (Tony Todd), and Captain Duke (Keith David), the unlikely group become involved in the investigation. Jian and Abby fight against a high-tech criminal (Sean Patrick Flanery) looking to exploit the brothers' gifts in his own quest to power.

Sunny May Allison	...	Victoria Kenny Apel	Kenny Apel	...	Prisoner Harry Koby Azarly	Koby Azarly	...	Bodyguard Christopher Baskerville	Christopher Baskerville	...	Officer Sanders Sean Michael Boozer	Sean Michael Boozer	...	Sanders Nikita Breznikov	Nikita Breznikov	...	Chip Nelson Paul Douglas Brown	Paul Douglas Brown	...	Drone Operator Adam Bucci	Adam Bucci	...	Officer Beck Kevin Chambers	Kevin Chambers	...	Lee Zheng
Insight has an interesting premise; a special agent that has the ability to see the future to help with his fighting and his overall agent work.  And this ability comes in handy regularly for the agent, as he is able to use his abilities to find missing people, clues, and even to help him fight.  And fight he does, as Jian uses his martial arts skills far more than his clairvoyance.  Insight is one part action and one part thriller, with a little bit of both throughout the film.  And the action is generally exciting, with solid martial arts.  Fights are long and involved, moving about the environment as Jian fights off multiple enemies trying to stop him and his investigation.  And the film also cuts back and forth between the present and Jian's past to show where he came from and his relationship with his brother.  Oh and the film has some fun music at times, especially when a pumping dub step song plays over an exciting club showdown. 

But Insight does a lot of things well, but not great.  The action is generally fast-paced and exciting, but also can have a very choreographed feel to it.  It's still enjoyable to watch, but you don't lose yourself in it.  And the acting is fine but not great, with some mixed delivery and emotion.  It has plenty of drama but that drama can be a little overblown.  It has a good selection and variety of music, but it doesn't really stick with you (other than the dub step fight scene).  The special effects are good, without generally distracting you, but they aren't amazing.  Just overall the film is a good one, but nothing that will wow you.  And some parts just aren't that engaging, such as the story.  The backstory is fun to watch, but overall the story doesn't really come together.  And the use of the clairvoyance powers can be interesting, but it doesn't feel like it was used to the fullest.  I would have liked to see more visions and especially see them during the fights, as Jian gets hit more than I would have expected from someone with mental powers.

Insight's interesting premise and solid martial arts action make for an entertaining blend of martial arts action and crime thriller. 

Rent it.

Phillip Chao	...	Young Bao Alexandre Chen	Alexandre Chen	...	Pit Fighting Referee Cesar Cipriano	Cesar Cipriano	...	Pit Fighter William 	William "Will" Daubert	...	Guard Emilien De Falco	Emilien De Falco	...	Vlad Carlos C. Duarte	Carlos C. Duarte	...	Balthazar Greg Duncan	Greg Duncan	...	Police Officer Jerry Gregorio	Jerry Gregorio	...	Officer Beck Robert Javinett	Robert Javinett	...	Club Bouncer Matthew Jones	Matthew Jones	...	Officer Jones David Larson	David Larson	...	Police Officer David Lea	David Lea	...	Head club security George Liu	George Liu	...	Young Jian Michael London	Michael London	...	Prisoner Stevel Marc	Stevel Marc	...	Prisoner Jonty Rob McGillivray	Rob McGillivray	...	Sergeant O'Neill Michael Morano	Michael Morano	...	FBI Agent Charles O'Reilly	Charles O'Reilly	...	Bodyguard Anthony Ray	Anthony Ray	...	Security Gaurd Jennifer Roa	Jennifer Roa	...	Lara Jonny Siew	Jonny Siew	...	Bao Joe Sobalo Jr.	Joe Sobalo Jr.	...	Warehouse Guard Steven Stone	Steven Stone	...	Swat Team Leader Jen Sung	Jen Sung	...	Lee huang Bobby T	Bobby T	...	Detective Brown Paul Vernitsky	Paul Vernitsky	...	Prisoner Elizabeta Vidovic	Elizabeta Vidovic	...	Brooke Denise Woelpern	Denise Woelpern	...	Wallace's Girlfriend Mehmet Edip	Mehmet Edip	...	Prisoner (uncredited) Cory Kirk	Cory Kirk	...	Bar Male (uncredited)
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Insight is available digitally and on demand on March 12, 2021. 

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