While released on furlough from prison, a lowly criminal evades his guards and returns to his old haunts to take revenge on the people that made him a cold-hearted killer. It's an epic, bloody battle to search for the soul he lost years ago on the streets of an unforgiving city.
Scott Adkin's Crank (also Adkin's best lead role to date)
- Avengement review by ER
This is really Cain and Abel retold in the East End - on this outing we see mad dog Scott Adkins square-off against his toe-rag criminal brother,(Lincoln (geddit?)), played by the solid and reliable Craig Fairbrass. Cain (Adkins) went to jail for nearly 10 years and has run the gauntlet of daily deadly fights. When he finds out that his brother has sponsored a hit on him he sets about planning a jailbreak. This culminates in him taking Lincoln's gang hostage in a grotty pub HQ. The dialogue in Avengement is poor and the plot predictable, but such is the energy of the fantastic leads and the cool fight scenes (very gory) that this stand head and shoulders above many other low-budget British gangster/action flicks (that usually star Adkins anyway).
This is directed with flair by frequent Adkins collaborator Jesse V Johnson (GREEN STREET 2 / TRIPLE THREAT / ACCIDENT MAN) and it's a fun quickie for fans of basic action. Scott Adkins pushes himself here by trying a bit of character acting on for size (for once) and it's a success. One of the best new DTV actioners to come out of England in recent years.
Co-starring Nick Moran, Thomas Turgoose, Kierston Wareing and Leo Gregory.