MESSAGE MAN **** 2018 USA Dir: Corey Pearson. 91 mins
When his dark past threatens to catch up with him, an assassin comes out of retirement to go on a final killing spree to make things right.
Message Man stars Paul O’Brien as Ryan Teller a retired hitman on a mission to rectify his past and change his future.
Ryan Teller has retired for a peaceful existence and now resides in Indonesia, but his plans of a quiet life are cut short after the boy from a young family who befriend him is knocked over by pirates and left for dead. He takes revenge on the criminals but one of the gang manages to take a photo of him and his past soon catches up to him. It’s now up to Teller to save the boy and his family and save his own life.
Message Man has elements of Taken, Rambo and the Hitman film series. It’s a classy,stylish thriller that you won’t be able to take your eyes off. Ryan Teller is likeable and you are rooting for him all the way, as you go on a ride with him to fight the mobsters and get justice dished out the only way Teller knows how to.
Actor Paul O’Brien is no stranger to the screen he did a long stint in the TV soap Home and Away and appeared in Neighbours and has starred in a handful of feature films, but this film shows the actors full potential and it’s good to see him as the lead here.
Essentially this is a fast paced action thriller, with amazingly choreographed fight scenes, this is how a thriller should be, both brutal and emotional. Message Man seems to be able to capture both perfectly.
With great shootouts a plenty, hard hitting blood and gore effects, fans of this genre will love this underrated thriller.
Fans of dark edge of your seat thrillers like Red Eye and Taken will love this heart warming action offering.
Review by Tony Newton