Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: McKell David, Lars Mikkelsen, Adam Deacon, Ashley Walters
Directed by: Mo Ali
Running Time: 108 minutes
Release Date: 19 January 2015
“Revenge has a new name” and that name comes in the form of a 14 year old boy named Montana!
14 year old Montana (McKell David) is an orphan who lives in a strip club with a Serbian gangster, Lazarus, and his associates in the East End of London. He is used as a drugs mule delivering large amounts of drugs and returning with large amounts of cash. When he is robbed on £100,000 he is be killed.
Meanwhile an ex-Serbian commando Dimitrije (Lars Mikkelsen) is killing Serbian mafia across Europe and is looking for the man that murdered his wife and son. A deadly assassin he kills professionally and silently.
He saves the young Montana from certain death and when they find out that Lazarus and his associates killed Montana’s father he takes him under his wing and trains him to kill in order for them both to get revenge.
Overall, Montana is a low budget stereotypical gangster movie that exceeds all expectations. For me, it is a cross between the Karate Kid and Leon with the relationship and training that builds between the two main characters. Dimitrije and Montana build up a father and son relationship while training to kill. While Montana is learning about death, Dimitrije is learning about life and together they are learning about family, living, friendship, trust and respect.
McKell David and Lars Mikkelsen are both excellent in their roles although I felt Adam Deacon overplays the role of the London gangster who is out for ultimate control.
Montana is an emotional action thriller with corrupt police officers, gang violence, some great fight scenes using guns, knives and martial arts and is definitely one to watch.
Montana is released on DVD from 19 January 2015 and is available to pre-order/buy from Amazon here.