MOVIE REVIEW: Paying Mr. McGetty (2016)

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Tyrell (R. Marcus Taylor) is a guy who knows how to go out and have a good time. This particular night he goes way too far with the gambling and drinking, so much so that when he wakes up in the morning he has no clue where he is or what happened the night before. Lying next to him is a gorgeous girl he doesn’t know and he’s in a hotel room with her. He learns her name is Cecelia (Alissa Schneider) and has a minor meltdown since he has an amazing girlfriend at home named Meena (Anita Clay) and she’s going to be furious. After talking with Cecelia, he learns they did nothing inappropriate but it doesn’t mean others won’t think they did. They’re spotted outside the hotel and it’s quickly reported to Cecelia’s boyfriend Rocco (Wade Williams), who is a local crime boss. After a short altercation, a hit is ordered for Tyrell and master assassin Shota Kabu (Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson) takes on the job. With a hitman on his trail, he has to worry about his boss, his angry girlfriend, and a landlord who is ready to evict him from his home. To call this a bad day would be an understatement, he’ll be lucky to survive it.

When I was watching PAYING MR. MCGETTY, a very interesting thought came to mind. The film was like watching a GET SHORTY/THE LAST DRAGON hybrid if it had been produced by PM ENTERTAINMENT. This is a compliment in the highest regard because those films are amazing while PM ENTERTAINMENT is a company who stimulated the minds of hardcore action fans the world over for many years. Seeing Don Wilson mature into these different types of roles is just so refreshing. Like several of his other action counterparts, his age has given him the opportunity to prove there’s more to him than many may have thought. Wilson is in a co-starring role here, the real star of the film is R. Marcus Taylor. He’s an interesting actor and performer and he holds down the film like a real pro. The film offers a solid cast of new talent but also throws in a couple of familiar faces for the hardcore action elite like THE HORDE star Paul Logan as well as a certain woman some may know as the Lady Dragon. There’s several action set pieces and at 62, Wilson shows no signs of slowing down. Taylor has a couple of fights himself, now he’s a large man, but he can really move (which should come as no surprise since he’s spent the majority of his career as a stuntman)!

Michael Baumgarten, director of the equally entertaining film THE MARTIAL ARTS KID, has once again delivered. The interesting thing about both films (besides the fact Wilson co-stars in them) is how they can deliver the heart, humor, and action while still being family friendly. There’s no excessive language, sex, or gruesome violence. It’s light fare and it’s so refreshing! PAYING MR. MCGETTY isn’t quite in the same vein as THE MARTIAL ARTS KID, it’s a bit harder to classify but it’s every bit as entertaining and a film worth your attention.

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