When it comes to martial arts action films there are few who deliver like Scott Adkins. Typically when you see his name involved you have a sure bet of some great action, but he has taken on a few roles here and there where he gets to take a break from the action, but always finds his way back to what he does best. His latest, Zero Tolerance has Adkins alongside Dustin Nguyen, Gary Daniels, and Kane Kosugi, but does it bring the expected action fans want or will it even be tolerable?
Zero Tolerance follow Johnny and Peter, two former paramilitary operatives searching Bangkok to find the men who killed Johnny’s daughter leaving carnage in their wake. First and foremost despite the DVD packaging promoting it as such, this is not a Scott Adkins movie. The films focus is Nguyen who does a good job with the action and can carry a film with no issue, but it was a bit of a disappointment when you expect Adkins front and center. Getting past that issue the film is still decent. There isn’t near as much martial arts action as you might expect with the stars involved, but there is plenty of gun play keeping the action front and center. There are a few decent fight scenes, but sadly not by most of those you hope for. Adkins only really gets one full on fight scene and only briefly appears in the film. Daniels and Kosugi were disappointedly kept on the sidelines with basically cameos which is a waste as they are both amazing martial artists. The story isn’t anything fans haven’t seen before and while Nguyen does a good job, his talents felt a bit underused as well even in the gun fights. They kept most of them pretty generic with what seems like little effort to attempt to really step it up. This was likely with the hopes to focus more on the twists of the story than anything, but needed that bit of an extra punch to really make the film work.
In the end this is one of the few Adkins films that failed to fully deliver on the expected action, but in its defense as stated it is not an Adkins film at all. Action fans will likely still enjoy the film, but just need to go in understanding what to expect from their specific action stars lack of doing their thing here. Decide for yourself and join the search for his daughter when Zero Tolerance hits DVD on December 1st from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.