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From the look of the trailer, you’d think Bruce Willis and John Cusack along with Jason Patric headline this action thriller. In truth, it’s only Patric who’s there throughout while Willis and Cusack most likely filmed their roles in a day or two to pay this month’s rent, so they are barely around on screen. Willis and Cusack have been doing these dime and penny projects for some time now, which usually end up going direct to VOD or a very limited theatrical release, so anyone fooled into thinking that this is going to be any different, you deserve what you get.
The movie’s plot involves a long standing feud between two mob bosses, one reigning leader of the underworld in New Orleans, Omar (Bruce Willis), and the other retired, Paul (Jason Patric), who now leads a quiet life as a mechanic somewhere else. Paul was responsible for a bombing that killed Omar’s wife and daughter and also forced him to reconsider his life of crime. Now Omar wants revenge and kidnaps Paul’s daughter. Now forced to pick up the gun again, Paul decides to go all ‘Liam Nesson’ on Omar and heads down to New Orleans, taking help from old buddy, Sam (John Cusack). You know very well how this is going to end and yes, it ends exactly like the way you think it would.
With Willis and Cusack having extended cameos and looking utterly disinterested, much of the movie falls on Patric, which he tries with his best anguished and hard-boiled demeanour; but it just doesn’t cut it. Much of the movie tries to be something it’s not, the action scenes and locations can’t fulfil the ambition that the script probably had. There’s nothing here that you haven’t seen before or will remember once you’ve walked out of the theatre.
I’d suggest you pick from any of the classics these actors have worked before in, in fact if you have trouble deciding on a Jason Patric film, I’d highly recommend ‘Narc’ (2002).