Movie Review: Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa take on sex traffickers in Skin Trade

Dolph Lundgren, the big Swede with the jawline that looks like it could break a fist, seems born to play a pulp hero. In Skin Trade, he socks and whops and booms his way through the back streets of Bangkok, a nasty burn scar spread over his right temple. He’s a rogue cop with a family to avenge and a sex trafficking ring to take down. In a warehouse where kidnapped girls are kept in cages, he presses his cheek into the butt of an AK-47 as grates throw a grid of shadows over his face.

Lundgren, the hardest-working man in the direct-to-video business, has aged well, and, if nothing else, Skin Trade knows how to frame him. Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Beautiful Boxer, Pleasure Factory), the movie is a no-frills, no-winks throwback to the mid-1980s heyday of the American-style action movie, crossed with the one-on-one, mixed-martial-arts sensibilities of …

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