[REVIEW] Skin Traffik (2015) – ManlyMovie

[REVIEW] Skin Traffik (2015)


Runtime: 97 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: A DTV cameo con job

This movie, Skin Traffik, has a curiously similar title to another movie out this year.  Skin Trade.  It gets odder though.  The release date is also curiously aligned with the latter too.  So is the story.  Would you be shocked if I also told you both had martial arts fights in them?  What’s going on here?  What could that odd thing that we can’t put our finger on be?  Who knows.  Guess which of the two has a larger budget and has been nurtured over quite a few years.  This movie stars Gary Daniels.  I am not going to say ‘it also stars’ Mickey Rourke and Michael Madsen, or Eric Roberts.  Those are just cameos in this bait-job.  Need I direct you to this article once again?  The art of the DTV cameo con job.

In this movie, a former mercenary, or something to that effect (an enforcer for hire?  I dunno, man! It’s hard watching these things), Gary Daniels, gets out of the seedy business he was in.  Alas, he gets drawn back in, after he sees some Russian thugs/pimps roughing up some sluts.  They have to be Russian too, see.  Because you know, those damned Russians and shit.  I guess they’re the new Arabs, if you make them look evil enough perhaps your screenplay has a better chance of being picked up.  Anyway, this leads him down a path of brawls and evading hitmen sent by quickfire cameos from the likes of Madsen and Roberts.  Mickey Rourke is in there too, playing a key role.  Despite being in an extended cameo.  Rourke seemed to find the whole affair of being in this movie somewhat humorous.  I did not find humour in watching it – except for the music.

Man, that music was so crap and being shoe-horned in for what seemed like the entirety of the film.  But seriously, this movie is overwhelmingly cheap.  Daniels has some good fight scenes, but the editing left me feeling uncomfortable, as well as being terribly lit with odd camera angles.  Many times, I didn’t know who was hitting who.  When Daniels’ opponent is dressed similarly in a cluster fuck of darkly lit machine-gun editing, it saps the will.  The acting is also terrible and when combined with that shitty music that seemed like it came from an 8-bit sound renderer, the only relief for the agony is the occasional shot of unintentional humour.  This movie really feels like some guys got together and made an action movie for YouTube.

Bottom line.  This is not Skin Trade.  And it is quite fucking insufferable.



  1. TheFucker

    March 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Let’s keep our time and money for SKIN TRADE

  2. Mucho Macho

    March 23, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Sad to read shit 💩 like this.
    sometimes u just want to sit & watch a good simple actioner. Lots of fighting..some hot female nudity..some explotions & some cool1 liners here & there.
    Oh well…Dolph & Jaa..we’re waiting

    • jim

      March 24, 2015 at 1:26 am

      It’s not too much to ask for is it?. Rourke,Madsen,Fahey and Roberts are all scene stealers when they want to be and Daryl Hannah must have some of her good looks left. I quite like plots about mercenaries for hire or enforcers looking to get out.There was a time when putting together a watchable action movie from all these ingredients would not be so hard….but not these days.Has everyone simply forgotten how to do it or is it that they don’t care?

      • Mucho Macho

        March 24, 2015 at 3:51 am

        A hero or heroes doing crazy shit.
        Cool nasty villains
        Awesome 1 liners
        Hot chicks doing nudity in gratuitous sex scenes
        curse words
        Simple things a man needs on his tv from time to time.
        A simple thing once so much.
        These movies don’t cost as much or at least compared to other.
        i do however have to point out something Scott Adkins said in an interview where tgese films are downloaded so much 4 free that they dont make money therefore they dont get made as much. He said undisputed 3 was so much downloaded illegally that that is why #4 has not happened. The dude kinda has a point

  3. D

    March 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    This movie was a steamy pile of shit. Terrible acting, the Russian accent on the prosty girl was so bad it made me cringe, endless non sequitur lines leaving you thinking, “huh?”

  4. BigBalls

    March 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm