Judge David Johnson is mortal enemies with his housecat.
Brothers by blood. Enemies for love.
Two orphans. Two bad-asses.
Facts of the Case
Best friends and blood brothers Sunny (Robin Shou, Mortal Kombat) and Verdy (Verdy Bhawanta) see their youthful friendship torn asunder when they end up on very different life paths. Sunny ends up running with a crowd of high-seas pirates and Verdy is leading a successful life on the straight and narrow as a businessman. When the two intersect on a boat hijacking, the fists fly and a dangerous truth is revealed: this movie is objectively terrible, but you should watch it tomorrow.
Seriously. Mortal Enemies does so much wrong. Pretty much everything. But it gets one thing so, so right.
What Mortal Enemies gets wrong
That, all in itself, would certainly spell doom. However, there is one more aspect we need to get to and it not only salvages Mortal Enemies it propels it into the category of "You have got to see this." It begins and ends with Verdy Bhawanta.
I have never heard of this guy. But what he pulls off is simply incredible. This is no hyperbole: he's executing moves and action sequences that best even the great Tony Jaa in his prime. There are no wires, no CGI-enhanced stunt-work, no distracting jump cuts: it's this dude delivering physics-defying, acrobatic beatdowns, the likes I haven't seen since The Raid: Redemption.
Now, Mortal Enemies isn't The Raid; fundamentally, as a movie, it remains broken. As an exhibition of raw athleticism and raucous butt-kicking, though, the film succeeds in huge and awesome ways. The pacing is done right, too; the action scenes are back-loaded, with set-ups increasing in length and complexity and thrills, so you know, as you surge forward, there is a jaw-dropper of a fight scene just waiting around the corner.
A lean DVD: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital (non-dubbed English) and no extras.
Sometimes a rancid stew can be made delicious thanks to a few well-placed flip kicks.
Kneel before Verdy.
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