Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa team up for an international human-trafficking investigation in "Skin Trade," but first, they don't waste the opportunity to beat each other to a pulp.
New Jersey cop Nick Cassidy (Lundgren) kills a son of Serbian crime lord Viktor Dragovic (
This is the kind of movie where cops self-righteously act as judge, jury and executioner, never mind procedure or protocols. If bare-knuckle fights are what you seek, director Ekachai Uekrongtham certainly delivers. But the film scarcely scratches the surface of the horrors of human trafficking.
Jaa does get the kind of romantic story line that eluded seemingly asexual Asian action heroes like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, so at least this genre has taken one baby step forward.
MPAA rating: R, for strong violence, disturbing sexual content, nudity, drug use, language.
Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes.