Reviewed by Rama Gaind.
Director: Brad Watson, Defiant Screen Entertainment.
If an action thriller is what you’re looking for, then you get what you asked for as Norwegian hulk Daniel Stisen (Last Man Down) features in this explosive star role.
As Walker, an elite international assassin working for a clandestine operation, he becomes compromised during a mission. His handler sends him to the Reassignment Centre – where he’ll be given a new identity that’ll help him ‘disappear’.
During his stay at the facility, however, a ruthless assault team storms the compound searching for someone their boss Big Deal (played by a happily sarcastic Byron Gibson) has lost. There Walker meets Elda (Lauren Okadigbo), a tough mercenary and her charge, Juliet (Yennis Cheung), who is being hunted by a group of ruthless human traffickers. She seems out of place in this world , and this scenario adds more friction to the mix.
Despite this, Walker reluctantly falls in with them in order to maximise their chances of survival.
The Siege is identifiable material, and fun to watch, if you don’t take it too seriously. As the tagline reads: ‘unleash hell’ – and that’s what fans get.
Director Brad Watson delivers what he set out to do: “I wanted to bring a sense of fun back to the action genre. Keeping the threat real, and the emotions true, but the brutality of the action is balanced by a wry tone that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
Who delivers what he set out to do in The Siege? If your answer is correct, you could be one of three winners of this DVD. Entries should be sent to [email protected] by Monday, 3 April 2023. Names of the winners will be published in Frank Cassidy’s PS-sssst…! column on 4 April 2023.
- The Siege has launched on Digital and DVD