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The Purifiers [Import]

Kevin McKidd , Gordon Alexander , Richard Jobson    R (Restricted)   DVD
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2.0 out of 5 stars The worst martial arts movie ever ? Aug. 30 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bad acting , terrible fight scenes , plot is mostly a rip off of the warriors .. only get this if you've gotta foot fetish and are starving for barefoot chick scenes , or to see 'merry' get beat up by a girl .. heh.
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Amazon.com: 2.3 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely bad March 17 2007
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
What happens when you rip-off the plot of the Warriors and combine it with a future world and cruddy kung-fu action scenes? You get the Purifiers; an even more cruddy allegory about a street gang who performs good moral services that becomes the target of every other street gang under the order of Moses (Kevin McKidd of Trainspotting and HBO's Rome) who is basically this movie's version of Cyrus from the Warriors, only he doesn't die in the beginning. Moses has his sights set on Purifiers leader John (Gordon Alexander, who also did the fight choreography) since the both of them have a past together, or something like that. The saddest part of the Purifiers is that it seemed like there was an actual interesting (somewhat) story to tell here, but it all gets lost in the mix of annoying quick-cut editing, terrible acting, atrocious dialogue, and lame slow motion fight sequences that we've seen thousands of times before, and done much better as well. If the film has one thing going for it, it's that it's a low budget movie, yet it doesn't always look that way. That aside, there's nothing else redeeming about the Purifiers one bit. Lord of the Rings and Lost star Dominic Monaghan appears on the cover of the DVD, and he's in it as well, but he's not the main attraction here (and appears to sleepwalk throughout much of the running time), so even his fans will be disappointed.
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh! Jan. 3 2014
By manbug - Published on Amazon.com
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I probably won't watch it again, but it was ok for late night, keep me awake flick. Not a favorite.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly worse then Kick boxer 4 March 4 2006
By loawercs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Ok, You tend to get films where you watch them and you get so in to the movie that you dont realise where the time went...how I wish this was one of those films. This is one of those absolutely terrible films where you wish you could reclaim the last 2 hours of your life so that you could waste it on something much more productive like watching paint dry.

First of all the script is so predictable that all of us managed to guess what the actors were going to say before they said it. The script is about as complex and thrilling as spitting chewing gum out in the street.

Ok, now that we have established that the film is terrible and the script is a complete waste of paper and ink I shall move on to the fight scenes.

Considering that this film uses martial artist with absolutely amazing abilities Ashley Beck, Shane Steyn, Chris Jones and Silvio Symac to name a few, it just really lets you down when the fight scenes do not involve these skills to be shown. Instead the fight scenes are totally unbelievable with a chubby biker chick in a white pvc outfit back handing a man and woman about a field. If you are lucky enough to be treated to a nice bit of kicking the director decides not keep the shot wide enough or at the right angle so that you may view the grace of the martial artists.

As one fellow reviewer stated this is a B-movie, however I believe that even B-movies would be ashamed of this film. The budget to this film makes Xena Warrior Princess look like it had the budget of Lord of the Rings.

This film fails where Kickboxer 4 somehow managed to get a few things right. If the director and editor were not laughed out of this business then it proves the World is not fair.

There are two reasons why you should buy this film :-

1. You wish to laugh yourself to death with the bad acting.

2. You wish to use the DVD as a shiny mug stopper when you realise you just wasted your money.

Overall I would give this film 0 out 5 however I have to select 1. My opinion... dont waste your life and paint that wall that your parents want doing.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy this movie for what it is!! Dec 26 2005
By Jay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
If you listen to the director in the comments section, he says right off the top that this is a low budget B grade movie. Lots of cheap fixes for special effects, home computer CGI.. etc. etc... The plot leave a bit to be desired, its true! But what this movie does have is lots of experimental martial arts moves (without all the wire work!!) Just like Reboot the kids cartoon did so much for animation, I think movies like this will push forward the types of martial arts we see in the big productions... Just my humble opinion. Worth watching once :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Political, violent, out of control, and very, very dangerous" Dec 20 2011
By Mike Sehorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"The Purifiers" is one of several bosom projects of director/writer/producer Richard Jobson (16 Years of Alcohol), but as far as I know, it's the only martial arts-themed film he's done. Ambitious beyond its presumably meager budget, it's practically a retelling of The Warriors with a cast comprised almost entirely of promising young superkickers and is, without a doubt, one of the artsy-est karate pictures I have ever seen. It seems to have gained some notoriety in small circles on the internet, some of which is exaggerated but that's not to say the movie doesn't have overbearing faults. I don't know whether this one will fill a niche for anyone, but I can definitely see why it never made the mainstream.

The story: in a city ruled by gangs and fear, one of them - a six-person ensemble known as the Purifiers, led by an idealist called John (Richard Jobson, Sucker Punch) - refuses to join the crime conglomerate founded by a kingpin (Kevin McKidd, Trainspotting); they subsequently find themselves the target of the other gangs and must attempt to escape the city with their lives.

"Purifiers" does not look or sound like the countless other direct-to-video action movies of the last decade: to differentiate itself from the other schlock, the movie makes ample usage of musical cues, slow motion, narrative voiceovers, post-production inserts, flowery dialogue (e.g. "the moon is like a bullet - silver, smiling, deadly"), select camera angles, split-screen effects, a frequently subdued or absent soundtrack, and at least one dream/memory sequence. While this does make you sit up and take notice of the movie at first, it's all delivered ad nauseum, in such frequent quantities that the style often overtakes the substance of the film and you wonder whether you're watching a movie or a music video with the wrong music playing. Worse yet, none of this is called for: neither the plot nor its characters are creatively-penned or weird enough to make any of this seem natural, giving you the impression that the director was being artsy just for the sake of it.

I must say, though, I really like this cast. With the exception of Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), next to none of the main players have had any recognizable mainstream roles but almost all of them are surprisingly exciting British Gen-Xers with serious physical talent: the worst of them can throw a sweet sequence of flexible kicks, and the best of them do so while flipping and spinning through the air. For a single scene, Silvio Simac (Unleashed) adds his considerable abilities to the bunch. Almost every single one of the eight brawls had the potential to be great, but every single one of them is stunted through sheer overuse of slow motion and repeating camera shots; half of them suffer from particularly grotesque jump-cut editing. The very best of the fights - including the one wherein Richard Jobson and Kevin McKidd go through a long exchange of hand techniques - remain watchable despite these faults, but the disappointment remains. Why o why are filmmakers convinced that a fight cannot be *just* a fight?

I kind of like how editing was utilized to give the first speech of McKidd's character a rapid-fire delivery, but there's no extraordinary acting going on at all, and just about all of the characters are underwritten to the point that you can't even fathom some of their intentions. Personally, I'd love to see the film remade with the same cast but a different director, who won't let aesthetics and flashiness get the better of him en-route to making a potentially sweet martial arts movie. As things stand, this one's at least worth a rent; don't spend the purchase price right away.
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