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Lock & Load

UK 2023
produced by
Nathan Shepka (executive) for Shepka Productions, Iron Key Productions
directed by Nathan Shepka
starring Nathan Shepka, Colin MacDougall, Graeme MacPherson, Tony Macdonald, David McCallum, Stephen Kerr, Laura MacDougall, John Gaffney, Abou Jallow, Saffron J Mullen, Farah Ahmed, Craig McEwan, Kayla Caldwell, Jamie MacDougall, Wam Siluka jr, Brodie Toriati, Jamie Kirk, James Phillips, Nike Johnston, Alistair Biggar (voice)
written by Nathan Shepka, music by Chris Belsey, stunt coordinators: Nathan Shepka, Colin MacDougall, David McCallum, Laura MacDougall, James 'Spike' Nisbet, special effects by Hands On Productions

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Nick (Nathan Shepka) and Derek (Colin MacDougall) are two slightly hapless freelance hitmen working mostly for the gouvernment. They're really in it for the fun mostly and don't cling to any actual ideology, much less want to get any deeper involved than the fighting and killing - in other words, pretty much blue collar operatives. But then one of their friends, agent Stokes (Graeme MacPherson) disappears during a sting operation, and they make it their mission to free him - without much idea where he could even be at the outset, but with the help of Stokes' partner Logan (Stephen Kerr) - who eventually turns out to be a double agent trying to lure them into an ambush - and his handler Bundy (John Gaffney) - who eventually turns up dead -, they uncover the operations of arms dealers Steiger (Tony Macdonald) and the Chess Master (Laura MacDougall), whose scheme it is to topple the economies of third world countries for profit. Their plans of course go over the heads of our heroes, but more importantly, their organisation also outnumbers our duo tenfold ...

 

This movie's fun! Sure, at times it seems to lose itself a little bit in its very convoluted plot, but that's really besides the point as the film's so well-paced it hardly leaves one any time to actually think the plot over as it pretty much stumbles from one action sequence into the next, with all the fights, chases and shoot-outs being well-choreographed and excitingly filmed. But what makes the film is that it's not just an action showcase but also shows quite a bit of heart and it carried by poignant dialogue. And a comedic approach to things really goes well with the over-the-top (and at times quite bloody) action. And Nathan Shepka and Colin MacDougall make a very like- and relatable heroic duo, leading a pretty solid ensemble cast, all making this an enjoyable piece of action cinema.

 

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