Simon Bain (Graeme Noble) was a once promising kick boxer who ended up on a downward spiral of heroin addiction after the death of his father, who was his inspiration for training. When Simon is introduced to the world of Street Fight, an illegal street fight competition aired on the Internet, Simon decides to enter the competition.
As Simon begins to get noticed in the competition, some of the organizers begin to feel threatened as the last one they expect to enter is a former kickboxing champion as opposed to mixed martial artists. Carl (John Flanagan) has invested in a heavy favorite, Spark Green (John-William Noble) while Zack (Tim Shread) has invested on Street Fight champion Smokey Lee (Stuart Taylor). As the organizers prepare for the Street Fight Championship Tournament, all bets are off as Simon begins to feel the pressure and in the midst, dark secrets are soon revealed amongst everyone involved.
Graeme and John-William Noble have made a name in their Scotland when it comes to their independent action films. They practically do everything involved in the filmmaking process and their latest is no different. The brothers are truly dedicated in showing their talents both in front and behind the cameras. With that said, this film is truly a worthy independent action-drama in which Graeme takes the lead in a pretty good performance.
What drives the film is Graeme’s performance as the viewer gets an understanding of his character of Simon. At first, many may see Simon as a troublemaker. However, within the first ten minutes, we understand why he is going through what he has been. We learn Simon was a kick boxer whose career took a downfall after his father fell to cancer. Not being able to handle his father’s death, he turned to drugs and it ended his career. Simon feels driven to enter the Street Fight because he feels it is the only thing that can give him a sense of personal redemption.
What is great about this film is the twists and turns the film take in its running time of 70 minutes. Using perhaps the influence of films like UNDISPUTED II and other recent fight flicks, John-William Noble wrote quite a pretty decent script that not only focuses on Simon, but have some believable villains and fighters. In fact, John-William, who plays Spark, has himself having a moment in the film that resembles a key moment in UNDISPUTED II. Spark gets upset when he finds out that his first fight against Simon was unfair because Simon was drugged before the fight. Spark learns about his manager’s treachery and threatens his life while in UNDISPUTED II, Boyka kills two of his own men when it is revealed they drugged Boyka’s opponent before their first fight.
While the film makes good use of the clichés of the fight film, the film’s action is not too bad either. Graeme serves as lead fight choreographer and with his team (John-William, co-star Stuart Taylor, Chris Joiner, and Martin Sandison) make good use of their fight skills. The fight scenes consist mainly of kickboxing like action, but there is some nice grappling skills mixed in. While it is not the like of some of the big films today, it is still worthy in terms of its independent status.
STREET FIGHT definitely may be the film that will make Graeme and John-William Noble household names in the world of independent martial arts films and not just in their native Scotland. This is definitely 70 minutes worth watching especially mixing in a lead character on a quest for personal redemption with the expected clichés of fight films.
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