Skin Trade is one of my favourite movies of 2015; I know there are those of you who weren’t huge fans and I can understand why; it wasn’t without its flaws and the real action didn’t kick in until later in the movie.
When the action did start though it was rather awesome with some cracking fight scenes involving Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa and Michael Jai White. We had martial arts, shoot outs and chases giving us the old-school action we’ve been craving. It’s a shame about some noticeable CGI in places which let some of it down.
The movie wasn’t just action for the sake of it though but actually explored the nightmare that is human trafficking and respect is due to all involved for bringing this terrible business to light.
If you haven’t watched the movie then you’d best stop reading now before I spoil the ending.
OK, are they gone? Right then let’s continue.
So at the end of the movie Dolph’s cop finally has his big finale with the villain played by Ron Perlman. Earlier on in the movie Dolph’s house is attacked by his goons and his wife and daughter are reportedly killed. His wife is indeed deceased but during the final fight Ron tells Dolph that his daughter is still alive.
The movie ends shortly after with Dolph on a train beginning the hunt for his little girl who has tragically been taken and put into the human trafficking business. It ends with his voiceover saying he will never stop until he finds her; it was a surprisingly open ending and there was definitely potential for a sequel.
The thing is though if they did do a sequel wouldn’t it just be Taken again? It’s hard to see how they could differentiate it from the Liam Neeson classic which would be exactly the same story of a desperate father looking for his daughter who has been taken by human traffickers.
On the other hand watching Dolph and Tony Jaa teaming up again to kick more ass would be quite cool. The cast would need to be even more impressive than the first film as it was essentially a mini Expendables. I would like more screen time for Peter Weller and perhaps a more physically threatening villain because as good as Ron Perlman was, he didn’t really have a big fight at the end that was worth talking about.
Taking the action elsewhere could be interesting like maybe South America and then we could have Marko Zaror as a villain with a side order of Scott Adkins.
I’m not sure how much money Skin Trade actually made as it was essentially straight to DVD so a sequel may be unlikely but if we don’t get one then I’m more than happy to leave it as is.
Do you kids want a sequel to Skin Trade or should it be left as the one movie?
P.S. Look who is quoted on the front of the US Blu-ray.