BLACK LOTUS (2023) Review of Rico Verhoeven, Frank Grillo action thriller plus trailer and release news

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Black Lotus is a 2023 American Dutch action crime thriller film in which ex-special forces operative wages a one-man war in Amsterdam to rescue his friend’s daughter from the local crime syndicate.

Directed by Bulgarian-born Todor Chapkanov (True Bloodthirst; Storm War; Dead Heirs TV series) from a screenplay written by Tad Daggerhart. Produced by Marcel de Block, Tom de Mol and Christian Mercuri.


The movie stars Rico Verhoeven, Frank Grillo, Marie Dompnier, Peter Franzén and Pippi Casey.

An ex-special forces operative (Rico Verhoeven) wages a one-man war through the streets of Amsterdam to rescue his friend’s daughter taken by the local crime syndicate. Between the explosions, flying bullets and crashing cars, Matteo has only one goal: to rescue the kidnapped daughter of his dead friend…


“Those who want to see the almost two-meter-long giant fight only have to struggle through more than 45 minutes of boring drama. Black Lotus suffers from serious tempo problems; the film is so focused on the action that it leaves behind a decent development of the actual plot. Frank Grillo plays a gritty mob boss, but has a little menacing presence.” Film Totaal [translated from Dutch]

Black Lotus opened in Belgium and in The Netherlands in April. In the US, Movie Partnership will release Black Lotus On-Demand (VOD) and on Digital on June 19, 2023.



Cast and characters:
Rico Verhoeven … Matteo
Frank Grillo … Saban
Marie Dompnier … Helene
Peter Franzén … Paul
Pippi Casey … Angie
Rona-Lee Shimon … Shira
Magnus Samuelsson … Ber
Simon Wan … Lo
Kevin Janssens … Fischer
Hristo Petkov … Zeeb
Roland Møller … John
Edon Rizvanolli … Roman

Filming locations:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sofia, Bulgaria

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