Barrio Brawler/American Brawler (2013)
Runtime: 92 mins
Plot: A struggling martial arts teacher must compete in an illegal underground fight ring in order to save his brother from a crime boss and reunite with his family.
Review: Barrio Brawler (Or American Brawler as its actually called on Asylum's official website) was among the recent screeners that Asylum sent me for review. It's due out in select theaters tonight (joining Hold Your Breath as being among the select rare Asylum flick to make it to theaters), and it's due out on DVD and BluRay at the end of August on the 27th.
Now when it comes to B-Movies, it's no secret that my favorites are killer animals, Mega this vs Giant thats, mockbusters, and horror or sci-fi flicks, none of which this one is, so I was a bit out of my element with Barrio Brawler, but since Asylum was kind enough to forward me a copy of the screener, the least I could do was give it a shot and do up a review on it. With all that said, I ended up being thoroughly entertained by it. I mean, it's no Sharknado, Atlantic Rim, Transmorphers, Nazis at the Center of the Earth, Age of Dinosaurs, or any of those types of mindless fun summer popcorn style movies, but it's not trying to be. It's much more of a low-key drama, focused more on its characters, with their own personal trials and tribulations as opposed to giant CGI monsters wrecking havoc through some unfortunate cities.