If you’re looking for more martial arts action on film 2016, you don’t need to look hard at all. It’s definitely happening and Hong Kong Cinema stunt veteran, producer and filmmaker Robert Samuels (Don’t Give A Damn, Red Wolf) has every intention of taking part in this foray with his feature debut thriller, Beast.
In 1999 Marcus Walden’s multinational corporation began developing a serum that would change the face of modern warfare. A serum that would ideally create the perfect soldier: strong, fearless, and impervious to pain… A serum known only as BEAST. Only one problem: no one could survive the trials.
In 2016 Jake Caldwell, home from Afghanistan, now uses his military skills to hunt dangerous criminals. Disturbed by the horrors of war and scarred by sacrifices he made both for his country and brothers in arms, Jake is a man on a mission to protect the innocent and bring bad men to justice at any cost.
Robert Parker is also ex-military, and one time partner of Jake Caldwell during several black bag operations and covert missions during their time in the Middle East, many of which were disavowed. Disillusioned by his experiences in the military, and conflicted by personal demons and a lifetime of questionable decisions, Parker had lost himself in the seedy underbelly of the Hong Kong underworld; his unique skill set and unusual ability to speak fluent Cantonese making him invaluable to local Triad bosses.
Now Parker must return to his stateside home of Philadelphia to help his friend Jake investigate the kidnapping and subsequent death of his younger brother Gerald “Cash” Parker.
As they begin to dig into Cash’s strange disappearance and tragic death, they begin to realize that these events are a part of a much larger plot; one that will lead them inexorably back towards Marcus Walden and the terrible truth about Walden’s plans for the drug called Beast.
Joined by Parker’s past, unrequited love Shiva and their quirky and ingenious compatriot Gigs; they must find the connections to Walden, defeat a small army of monstrous, drug addled super soldiers, save the world and avenge Cash’s death, all the while trying to steer clear of a violent Triad boss to whom both men owe a debt which they may end up paying with their very lives.. Meanwhile, Jake, having accidentally consumed a small dose of Beast, must battle his own inner demons and decide whether to use his skill or succumb to the addictive power of the drug itself.
Together Parker, Jake, Shiva, and Gigs must stop Walden’s evil plan and bring him to justice, but can they defeat him before it’s too late?