Directed by: Jesse V. Johnson | 96 minutes | action, thriller | Actors: Tony Jaa, Tiger Hu Chen, Iko Uwais, Scott Adkins, Celina Jade, Michael Jai White, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping, JeeJa Yanin, Dominiquie Vandenberg, Ron Smoorenburg, Monica Siu-Kei Mok, Guangbei Zhang, Sile Zhang, Anthony Tai
How he did it remains the question, but for his sixteenth film Jesse V. Johnson has gathered a star cast. In this case, don’t expect contributions from Brad Pitt, George Clooney or other Hollywood icons. What you can look forward to is a production full of martial arts stars. Scott Adkins, Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa, Ron Smoorenburg and Michael Jai White are no small boys in the genre. In ‘Triple Threat’ these fighters come together and let their fists speak.
In ‘Thriple Threat’ a daughter of a billionaire is threatened. A gang of mercenaries wants to kidnap the woman to fill their bank account. To protect the lady, her family enlists the help of three patrons. This trio has to keep the villains away. That doesn’t happen with the voice of the reason, but through bone-breaking and martial arts practices.
So far so good. Johnson has managed to gather a nice company. Unfortunately he did not succeed in canning a cool genre film. ‘Triple Threat’ is downright mediocre and does not use the talent of the cast. When you cast a star like Iko ‘The Raid’ Uwais, you have to give him something to do. The same goes for Tony ‘Ong Bak’ Jaa and Scott ‘Ninja’ Adkins. These guys are incredibly disciplined martial arts stars who have scored high in previous films. Johnson doesn’t know what to do with his cast and lets them shoot a lot. It’s a shame when you’re dealing with such luminaries in physical action.
The battle scenes are portrayed reasonably. Not spectacular, but decent. What remains is a film with a few nice action scenes (far too few), a weak story and poorly English-speaking Asian stars. The potential is there, but it is not being used. A shame!