Judge David Johnson was an underground fighting legend, when he did a stint in middle school detention.
He rules the streets from the inside.
Tapout continues its eye-popping saturation of the direct-to-disc action market, its latest a movie that doesn't have an original chemical bond in its subatomic structure.
Facts of the Case
The "he" in the tagline is Anton Vargas (Vinnie Jones, The Midnight Meat Train), a big-time gangster whose considerable power and influence hasn't been quelled because of his incarceration. In fact he's grown even more potent, running an empire of underground cage matches featuring convicts. The warden is helpless to do anything and the tough and sexy prison female guard (Bai Ling, The Crow) is more interested in a banging Vargas than cuffing him.
Enter Danny (Tony Schiena, Circle of Pain), a former cop who was set up for some reason that I can't quite recall and tossed into prison. He gets pressed into fight duty and positions himself to push back against the menace of Vargas.
I've been hard on these Tapout flicks, though I am genuinely impressed by their tenacity. These guys have something new out all the time, and no matter where you stand on their quality—and I stand wherever the section for "bored and irritated" is cordoned off—the quantity is at least something to be appreciated.
Unfortunately, "sticktuitiveness" isn't a category for our scoring. So we're stuck with the regulars: story, acting, video, audio. Let's break it down.
Locked Down is an uninspired, derivative action film that, by the way, features boring action scenes.
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