3 1/2 StarsIts bad guys against badder guys in the high-spirited action orgy, High Voltage. Johnny Clay (Antonio Sabato, Jr.) and his band of thieves rob a bank owned by the Vietnamese mafia, thus inadvertently setting in motion a plot in which the robbers are on the run from gangsters. Isaac Florentine is the ace behind the camera, while this is still among his early work the man’s talent shines through in every scene. Working from (what appears to be) a minuscule budget, Florentine and his collaborators have crated a supremely satisfying low-brow feast of kicks, gunplay, and explosions. All highlighted by John Woo-esque camera pans and whips. High Voltage is entertaining enough for the late night crowd and good enough to attract the attention of those not usually accustomed to this fare.
Anyone familiar with the releasing label A-Pix will instantly recognize exactly what kind of experience they are in for. Those that may have only seen the most astute films in the Florentine cannon (Undisputed 3, Ninja), are implored to catch this early gem in the mantle of one of todays’ best action directors.
Director: Isaac Florentine
Stars: Antonio Sabato, Jr., Shannon Lee, Amy Smart