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Acts of Violence (2018)

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When his fiancee is kidnapped by hActs of Violenceuman traffickers, Roman and his ex-military brothers set out to track her down and save her before it is too late. Along the way, Roman teams up with Avery , a cop investigating human trafficking and fighting the corrupted bureaucracy that has harmful intentions.

Genre : Action
Country : USA/UK

Cast :
Bruce Willis : James Avery
Cole hauser : Deklan
Shawn Ashmore : Brandon
Ashton Holmes : Roman

Director :
Brett Donowho

My opinion on “Acts of Violence”

“Mia, you shouldn’t have done that!
You have no idea who they are!”

Acts of violence” is nothing more than a retarded, boring and totally implausible crime film in which serious topics such as PTSD and odious human trafficking are used as fait divers. In addition to the brainless content, I was constantly annoyed about, you can see for the umpteenth time the downfall of a former action hero. Bruce Willis manages to pick out one inferior, meaningless B-movie after the other. I guess these films only have to meet one requirement. And that is that he only needs to show up on the set for a few days. Again, his presence on the screen is limited to a mere ten minutes.

Acts of Violence

Not accepting a drink is equal to being kidnapped apparently.

The reason for the outburst of excessive violence is the abduction of Mia (Melissa Bolona) who, during her bachelor’s night, opened her big mouth when a couple of hooligan-looking loudmouths wanted to buy her a drink. She had better kept her mouth shut, because these two hotheads kidnap not submisive girls and deliver them nicely to their cruel gang leader Max Livingstone (Mike Epps), who earns his daily living by exploiting innocent girls and dealing drugs. Drugs in which a specific sedative is processed. A sedative that’s being used to knock out elephants. In reality, this is also a nuisance and a difficult challenge to tackle in the global opioid epidemic.

Acts of Violence

They are ready to rumble.

What these criminals failed to take in account were the MacGregor brothers Deklan (Cole Hauser) and Brandon (Shawn Ashmore). Especially Deklan who seems to be in combat mode all the time. Both are ex-military and I guess they’ve gained a lot of experience from foreign missions. And Deklan is still suffering from that. He’s a walking time bomb with a short fuse. The benjamin of the family is Roman (Ashton Holmes), whose militaristic knowledge is being refined at record speed. I also wonder if it’s normal for ex-soldiers to have a weapons arsenal of that size so they can start a small one-man war.

Acts of Violence

Those brothers succeed in taking down those criminals over one night.

Bruce Willis is the frustrated police detective James Avery, who hasn’t managed to gather hard evidence after all those years to put the criminal Max behind bars for a long time. Or is his research counteracted from the top? No idea. But no worries James. The brothers MacGregor are perfectly successful in finding out most of the facts in a very short time. How the gang works. Where they usually strike. And the fact that those who try to escape, end up at the bottom of a lake. They may also count on the goodwill of James. He turns a blind eye so they can deal with the gang like outright avengers. As pure G.I. Joe’s they start mowing down their moronic opponents.

Acts of Violence

This was a pure waste of time. Luckily it didn’t take long.

Biggest plus is the duration of the movie. This waste of time doesn’t even take an hour and a half. Many times I’ve regretted to see the end credits of a film. With “Acts of Violence” the only thing I did was breathe a sigh of relief. And to be honest, in the end I had trouble remembering the opening scene. Trust me. You won’t miss anything if you don’t watch this crappy movie.

My rating 2/10
Links : IMDB

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MORTAL KOMBAT | Entertainment Weekly Drops First Look At Warner Bros. New Film

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A lot of mystery surrounds the upcoming Mortal Kombat from Warner Bros. What we do know, is Mortal Kombat follows a group of Earth’s mightiest warriors, chosen by the God, Raiden, to defend Earth realm in a tournament to decide the fate of mankind.

“Let me just say this, there were some days on set that I felt sick. I’m not kidding. They did not… They did not hold back.” -Lewis Tan

Mortal Kombat Directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan and Todd Garner, will star Ludi Lin (Liu Kang), Joe Taslim (Sub-Zero), Hiroyuki Sanada (Scorpion), Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Lewis Tan (Cole Young), Mehcad Brooks (Jax) and Chin Han (Shang Tsung).

Entertainment Weekly has released new photos that give us a look inside the upcoming Rated-R live action Mortal Kombat film.

Mortal Kombat hits theaters and streaming April 16, 2021

Photo Cred. [Mark Rogers/Warner Bros.]

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Outside the Wire | Review

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Outside the Wire is the latest action, sci-fi film from Netflix that’s set in the future and it’s full of robots and plenty of action. You’d think all this makes for an exciting film when in fact it’s the complete opposite.

Outside the Wire takes place in the year 2036 when a drone pilot named Harp, played by Damson Idris (Snowfall) goes against orders in launching a missile attack and as a result, he’s forced to work for an android officer called Leo, played by Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker). The two of them are tasked with going into a deadly militarized zone in order to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do.

It happens all too often now that Netflix come along and release a below average action film but viewers continue to lap them up. It happened with The Old Guard and Project Power to name a few recent examples and it’s beginning to get a little tiresome. Outside the Wire is yet another messy, bloated action film devoid of any life or excitement.

There was definitely potential for something half decent to have come of Outside the Wire but it all just gets lost in trying to be a slick action film. Every other line in this film seemed to be exposition trying to explain something that’s been needlessly over-complicated by all the futuristic things going on. It’s an action film so you might be able to give all the expositional dialogue a pass if the action is alright and entertaining. But even the action feels boring and a chore to sit through. There are just too many action scenes that become far too confusing to follow because of choppy editing and poor CGI.

The opening scene throws you straight in with a fast-paced action scene but when the first few minutes are intercut with text trying to bring you up to speed with what’s going it all becomes too much. Within a few minutes you’re already struggling to keep up with all the information that’s been thrown at you and you’re not really interested in the action either. The sound design was quite good however and that’s one of the few redeeming factors of this film; all of the action scenes sounded really gripping and exhilarating. They just didn’t look it.

As the film goes on it tries to be much cleverer than a film like this needs to be and it results in feeling far too long. The film comes in at five minutes shy of two hours so it isn’t a long film at all and yet by the time the end credits start rolling it feels like an eternity later.

If Netflix slowed down the rate at which they’re churning out all these films they might end up with some good films but that’s not how Netflix work, they’d rather have quantity over quality as the number of people that stream their drivel always seems so high. Perhaps I’m being a little over-critical here as there are some good Netflix action films such as last year’s Extraction which was excellent but it just seems to be so often that you go to check out the latest original action offering on Netflix only to be bored and disappointed two hours later.

Overall, Outside the Wire is a bloated, messy action film, with very few redeeming qualities that will leave you bored and isn’t worth your time.

★★☆☆☆

Outside the Wire is streaming on Netflix from January 15.

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The Doorman | Review

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The Doorman is the latest action film from cult director Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus, The Midnight Meat Train). It’s the same old classic Die Hard-esque set up, this time with Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2) trying to save her estranged family when villain Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional, Ronin) takes over their apartment building. Rose plays ex-Marine Ali taking a job as a doorman of a high-rise in New York City, now traumatised after an assignment went wrong. She soon has to protect her loved ones and save the day.

It’s the same old tried and tested action film that will inevitable be compared to Die Hard and the many other similar films. The one big thing this had going for it is the fact that it’s female led. Of all the Die Hard rip-offs there doesn’t seem to be a single one with a female lead so it’s very refreshing to see the kick-ass lead action character be a woman for a change. But that’s about all The Doorman really has going for it. There’s nothing else fresh or new to this film and so the female lead is all it has. And even then, that’s not a whole lot.

In terms of acting for the most part it felt very bland and wooden. Ruby Rose just wasn’t a great choice for the lead. Rose is good when it comes to playing a smaller action role without many lines like in John Wick 2, but she just wasn’t strong enough to carry this film and she just really didn’t feel like a good fit for the more character driven scenes. She was good when it came to the action scenes but for the moments in between she just felt really out of place. French acting legend Jean Reno was very clearly there just to pick up his pay check and then get going again; his performance felt very bland and he has definitely done much better in his career. He had potential to really elevate his character to be a very menacing villain like Hans Gruber but he just wasn’t all there and his villain just didn’t feel threatening in the slightest. In fact, he’s even outshone by the secondary villain played by Aksel Hennie who seemed to be the only person in the film giving a good performance, trying to carry as much of the film as he could.

In terms of action, it did a decent job and that’s really the main thing that you’re watching a film like this for. It had some choppy editing and some questionable CGI in places but ultimately if you just sit back and enjoy the action as it comes and for what it is you can definitely have a good time with this flick. There’s plenty of action to keep you going through the whole runtime right from the start up until the very end and it’s enjoyable and you can definitely have a good time with some of the action in this film. If you’re a fan of this type of action film, you’ll be able to find entertainment in it.

The Doorman is a totally passable 93-minute action film that’s entertaining enough but it doesn’t bring anything new to the Die Hard rip-off genre other than a female lead.

★★☆☆☆

The Doorman is available on Digital Download 18 January and DVD 25 January 2021 from Lionsgate UK

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