One Shot Movie Review
A relentless action film edited to appear as if it were shot in a single take, One Shot lives up to its promise, even if the underlying story understandably plays second fiddle.
Starring Scott Adkins as a soldier who must fight to survive when his military prison is attacked by a group of terrorists, One Shot boasts several sequences of satisfyingly intense violence, gunfights, and explosions. As the film progresses, Atkins is given more and more opportunity to put his particular set of skills to good use.
Sure, the writing isn’t great, but it’s enough to connect the action together in a comprehensible way. What’s most impressive is that One Shot doesn’t really wear on you the way some nonstop action films do—while you’re ready for it to be done by the time its 90 minutes are up, it rarely if ever feels tedious or overplayed.
In another year where most of the recognizable action movies have the word “Marvel” attached, One Shot serves as a satisfying alternative.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.