Glory Hunter (2014) – By Kyle Hytonen

Jerry Gallagher (Duncan Airlie James) is in the twilight of his professional kickboxing career. He is a Scottish-bulldog of a man with a stout thick figure accentuated by kind eyes. Jerry is preparing for his next fight; he seems ready, even though his best years are behind him. The reason his confidence is so high seems to be that Jerry has around his arms a beautiful young girlfriend, Lyndsay (Elanor Miller). She not only keeps his confidence and morale up, but as she saunters around his apartment in a scant nightie, Lyndsay keeps up his libido as well.

While he trains diligently for his next big match, Jerry is visited by his long-time friend and manager Joe. Joe delivers Jerry some unsettling news: Joe has seen Lyndsay with another man, and Joe also throws slander at Lyndsay claiming she is just using Jerry and his fame to better herself and possibly walk away with his money. Jerry disregards Joe’s words; he doesn’t see his true love doing that to him. As his big fight nears closer, Jerry will find himself in a situation that could make or break both his career and his love life, pushing him in different directions as he tries to stay focused on his career.

Glory Hunter is a hard knocks drama that teeters itself quite well in keeping away from over the top melodrama. Director Craig Maclachlan (who also appears in the film Lyndsay’s lecherous lover on the side) and his cast seem to work very well together, and it seems everyone is enjoying their work. Duncan Airlie James fits his role of kick boxer Jerry very well, and it seems (as shown through a televised fight) that James has had real-life professional kickboxing experience, which shines through in his likeable performance. The film is a very dialogue heavy film, and the actors pull off the long scenes with ease. The varied cast all handle their characters very well, and the film is a well cast piece. Director Maclachlan has a few pacing issues in the fist act, as he takes his time not only getting to the dilemma Glory Hunter is about, but also moving it forward. However, he obviously cares for his actors, and allows them room to develop onscreen. The ending of the film unfortunately seemed a bit muddled as it sort of veered off from being a study of Jerry’s tribulations, to the repercussions Lyndsay’s acts have on herself. A study of Jerry, the one you want to root for, should have been given a bit more of a dénouement at the outset. Glory Hunter lacks a satisfying climax, but is an earnest low budget effort with marginally well executed production values and enjoyable performances.

Glory Hunter has completed its film festival run and is now available to watch in its entirety online right here: http://youtu.be/AfdjTv3BNVg