Zero Tolerance (2015) Dustin Nguyen, Scott Adkins, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Gary Daniels, Prinya Intachai, Kane Kosugi Movie Review

Zero Tolerance (2015)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Dustin Nguyen in Zero Tolerance (2015)

Hard to Tolerate

When a body is found floating in the water a detective realises that it is Angel (Nina Paosut), the daughter of Johnny (Dustin Nguyen), a former government operative. It leads to Johnny and his friend, Peter (Sahajak Boonthanakit - The Marine 2), scouring Bangkok to find his daughter's killer. But as they follow various leads they discover that Angel certainly didn't live up to her name and had become a high price call girl involved with pimps and drug dealers.

I am taking a stab in the dark here but I am guessing that writer and director Wych Kaosayananda shot this movie starring Dustin Nguyen and Sahajak Boonthanakit with the focus on their characters emotions and friendship as they had to deal with what they discovered about Johnny's dead daughter. But then in order to make "Zero Tolerance" commercially viable the movie was re-edited with a few scenes featuring Scott Adkins chucked in so that the casual movie fan that sees Scott Adkins in the cast might choose to watch it.

Scott Adkins in Zero Tolerance (2015)

Of course if this is the case it gives "Zero Tolerance" a problem because it ends up appearing to be one thing and ending up something different and by that I basically mean it isn't the martial arts action movie it seems to be making out it is. Oh there are some action scenes but they are not that impressive and in truth feel over edited, as if they were made quickly and pieced together to hide the rough edges.

But the worst thing of all this is that the actual storyline completely fails to get you gripped. Maybe that is not the case if you watch expecting a thriller rather than an action movie full of martial arts but when you do it makes it a slog. In fairness to Wych Kaosayananda the majority of the movie has a nice style about it but because of maybe the misapprehension that "Zero Tolerance" was a martial arts action movie sometimes the look of the movie adds to the slowness which frankly makes it hard work.

What this all boils down to is that something went wrong with "Zero Tolerance" and I'm guessing it went wrong in trying to make probably an okay thriller appeal to a wider audience only to end up not being the action movie it appears to be. And it's a shame as I think "Zero Tolerance" could have been a good movie if it stuck to what it was intended to be.