- 1 hr 19 min
Owned is an independent action film released in 2009. The film's plot follows a group of skilled martial artists who are trying to take down a powerful underworld organization in order to rescue a kidnapped girl. The film was directed and co-written by Jose Montesinos, who also stars as the protagonist, Johnny. The film begins with Johnny, a skilled martial artist and former street fighter, getting out of prison after serving a two-year sentence for a crime he didn't commit. Upon his release, he reconnects with his old friend Vinh (Dennis Ruel), who runs a martial arts school. Vinh introduces Johnny to his students and offers him a job as a trainer at the school. Meanwhile, a young girl named Annie (Sari Sabella) is kidnapped by a criminal organization led by a man known as the Dragon (Ray Wong). The Dragon has a personal vendetta against Annie's father and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. When Annie's father comes to Vinh for help, Vinh enlists Johnny and his group of skilled fighters to rescue the girl. The rest of the film is an action-packed adventure as Johnny and his team infiltrate the Dragon's lair to rescue Annie. Along the way, they encounter dangerous obstacles and skilled martial artists who are fiercely loyal to the Dragon. Each member of Johnny's team brings their unique skills and fighting style to the mission, creating a dynamic and thrilling fight scene. The film's fight scenes are the highlight of Owned. The action is well choreographed, and the camera work is impressive, with dynamic angles and close-ups that give the viewer a sense of being in the fight. The use of slow motion and sound effects adds to the intensity of the action, and the fight scenes are expertly edited to create a seamless flow. Aside from the action scenes, the film also has a strong emotional core. There are moments of quiet introspection between Johnny and Vinh, highlighting their deep friendship and loyalty to each other. There are also moments of tenderness between Johnny and Annie, as he tries to comfort and protect her in a dangerous situation. For an independent film, the production value of Owned is impressive. The film's sets, costumes, and makeup are all well done, and the cinematography is strong, especially considering the film's limited budget. The film's score, composed by Montesinos, is also noteworthy, with a mix of intense action music and poignant piano pieces that complement the film's emotional moments. One of the film's few drawbacks is its pacing. The first half of the film is slow, with exposition-heavy scenes that could have been trimmed down. The film also suffers from some technical issues, such as inconsistent color grading and sound mixing. Overall, Owned is a solid independent action film that delivers on thrilling fight scenes and a heartfelt story. The film's amateur cast and crew pulled off an impressive feat, and anyone who enjoys martial arts films should add it to their watchlist.