Plot: Bradley (Gary Daniels) is one of the best at what he does, which is to ensure whatever needs to be done, gets done. His last assignment involved getting a valuable data disc from a crime lord, which he did, but it was supposed to be his final run. Of course, things rarely go as planned and soon, Bradley is drawn into another situation, though not on purpose. After he sees some street thugs beating down a prostitute, he intervenes, unleashes an ass kicking, and realizes that thanks to his actions, he is now certainly a marked man. He and the hooker, Anna (Dominique Swain) are now on the run and in addition to just staying alive and ahead of the human traffickers, they want to rescue Anna’s sister as well. He reaches out to his old boss for some help, but with the heat this high, even that can’t keep him safe. Can he somehow keep the girls safe and take on a ring of modern day slavers, or will this prove to be too much, even for a bad ass like Bradley?
Entertainment Value: A movie about human trafficking that stars Gary Daniels, backed by an ensemble of affordable name talent was bound to show up here, as that premise is one I couldn’t pass up. While Skin Traffik has obvious budget restraints, it manages to deliver some solid b movie fun, not to mention a colorful, eclectic cast. Gary Daniels is quite good here, turning in some great work and proving he is still a more than capable action lead. He handles the fight scenes with ease, but his overall performance here is good. He is able to pull off the unconventional good guy role quite well, so he brings a lot to this movie. In addition to Daniels, we have a sizable collection of folks like Dominique Swain, Michael Madsen, Jeff Fahey, Daryl Hannah, Mickey Rourke, Alan Ford, and of course, Eric Roberts. Even if these names don’t carry the weight they used to, it is an impressive assortment of talent. Swain’s terrible Russian accent is hilarious, while Rourke’s bloated presence is also quite fun. So perhaps not the best work from this lot, but it was interesting to find such a large group of well known stars in one low budget action picture. This one might be rough around the edges, but it is solid fun and well worth a look for fans of b movie action.
A semi conscious hooker is shown topless, then some various sex is seen on closed circuit feeds, but that’s all the nakedness. I wouldn’t have minded more sleaze, given the human trafficking setting, but this one is more about the action than the, uh…you know, action. I found the fight scenes to be a highlight of the movie, with Daniels on point in some small scale, but fun to watch battles. This film also has a good amount of shoot outs, which aren’t that creative, but still provide solid action thrills. But the blood count is a little anemic this time out, with mostly aftermath shots and some splashy gun shot wounds to score. The action hits hard at times, but it rarely goes to the wild lengths of some of Ara Paiaya’s other work. But man, what a finale! The dialogue has a lot of bright spots, with strange lines, fun quips, and the colorful cast making the most of the script. The performances can be on the camp side at times, but that just adds to the fun, while some like Daniels and Fahey take a more serious approach. In any case, a good amount of odd lines, tough guy talk, bad accents, and one liners. On the craziness front, we have Swain’s accent, a fight scene that involves rampant sandwich destruction, Rourke with a mouth covered in food crumbs, and a wild, over the top finale to cap things off.
Overall Insanity: 4/10