Welcome back to another installment of what to watch while in quarantine. Once again today I will be looking at an action film. This particular one is streaming on Amazon Prime free with ads. Its called Recoil. And let me tell you, you cant go wrong with this one. Directed by Art Camacho, and starring Gary Daniels Recoil was one of PM Entertainments best films, and that is saying something considering there vast library of action films from the 90’s. Come to think of it, a ton of their great ones starred Gary Daniels. This one was over the top in terms of car chases, explosions and martial arts fighting that you came to see. Its such a staple of PM Entertainment many of the scenes were later used in not only their LA Heat TV show (Which was amazing) but in several of their other films
Recoil stars Gary Daniels as kickboxing machine police detective Ray Morgan. In the beginning of the film we open hot to a bank robbery in downtown Los Angeles. Morgan and his partner get the call while on patrol and head to the crime scene, which is reminiscent of a wasteland. Cops are dead and wounded, things are blown up, and these robbers mean business. They are decked out in armor and packing highly explosive weapons. Thanks to some fast footwork and fancy shooting Ray is able to turn things to the police departments favor. Problem is one of the robbers hops on a motorcycle and speeds off. That doesn’t stop Ray, or about 10 other cops as what follows is one amazing chase. From back alleys to the busy streets, through a warehouse, even on the freeway this crook can drive. He even likes to fling grenades are random cars to block the cops path. Thing eventually run out and the perp is gunned down by the remaining cops, Ray included.
Now you would think that would have been all, but we are only about 15min in. Turns out said criminal was the son of Mob Boss Vincent Sloan (No relation to David) and he wants the cops responsible for this dead. As its family he has his sons take the hit. They get help in the form of a dirty cop named Brown. The Sloan’s are able to kill 4 of the cops saving Ray for last. Ray is tough to kill and after a few attempts he takes his family into the country to stay until the cops catch these killers. Unfortunately for Ray Brown has planted a tracker on his jeep and shows up with some goons to try and kill ray and his family. Yes his wife and children are in the car with him. They run Ray off the road and down a cliff killing his entire family. But Ray survives and is no determined to hunt down the Sloan family, and Brown and kill them for what they did to his family and friends.
You wanna talk about non stop action, well here you go. Violent as can be. Art Camacho directed this film and boy does he show off all his skill behind the camera with this one. Car chases, motorcycle chases, gun fights, martial arts action, suspense, and drama, its all here. The action, directed and choreographed by Spiro Razatos (and Gary Daniels) was fantastic as he brought everything together. This is without a doubt PM’s best film. It’s a nonstop treat for action fans who love martial arts. From the opening few minutes until the end you are in for a roller coaster ride of violence. What Art Camacho and Spiro Razatos were able to do in terms of the stunts and action is simply amazing. This was not a big budget film but it looks and feels like it should have had a major theatrical release. Its one of the best action films to come out of the 90’s period.
Gary Daniels is great as Ray Morgan. Daniels was a key player for PM starring in a good handful of their films and always delivering. He has the look of a classic action hero, the British accents to give him a touch of James Bond flair, and he’s a martial arts wizard. Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Taekwondo, and more Daniels has trained in multiple styles and competed as well. He’s a great actor. He plays Ray as a hardened cop but as a quiet man as well. You truly feel for him when his family dies, as the emotion he conveys during the car scene where they eventually perish is heartbreaking. He takes, sorrow, anger, and fear all rolled into one and shows it perfectly. Now at the end he shows mostly just rage and he comes off as a total killing machine. The casting of Daniels is really what set this film apart. His martial arts skills are fantastic to say the least, and his acting is fantastic. As I said he’s a tough guy but not a stereotypical one. He plays the role of the family man perfectly as well. He also choreographed his own fight scenes in the film giving it a great personal touch/
So there you have it. You need something to watch tonight during quarantine? Get on over to Amazon Prime and select Recoil. Make sure you pick the one from 1998. There is another one made, same title no relation in 2011. That’s good as well, but you want the PM Entertainment action fest from 1998. Enjoy.