Skin Trade

A brutal, banal movie that has nothing to do with sex trafficking

Hard-boiled Newark detective Nick Cassidy (co-writer and producer Dolph Lundgren) kills the son of a notorious sex-trafficker (Ron Perlman), who in return blows up Nick’s house, wife, and daughter. Cut to Bangkok, where Nick teams up with Thai action star Tony Jaa to engage in several repetitive, overlong, and clichéd fight and chase scenes.

This brutal, banal movie has nothing to do, really, with sex trafficking, other than using it as a self-righteous revenge motive. Its shameless inclusion of some sex-trafficking statistics before the end credits is frankly disgusting. And it has the gall to set up a sequel. Japanese title: Battle Heat. (96 min)