Blackout, I went into this blind, not in the drunk sense, I didn't read anything about it or any of the reviews. If it wasn't for Josh Duhamel this would have been below average. Having said that, I do believe that Josh Duhamel went into this blind too, maybe not the same blind state as myself. Abbie Cornish spent too much time looking emotionless. Omar Chaparro (Eddie) is obviously a fan of Jordi Mollà's portrayal of Hector Juan Carlos 'Johnny' Tapia in Bad Boys 2. Definitely a B grade movie with a budget to match. Some of the action scenes were done well. The director should have taken some direction from a more experienced director, the writer, a little lazy and relies too much stock standard cliche's. That aside, it is watchable and I would recommend it.
Action / Crime / Thriller
Action / Crime / Thriller
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A man wakes in a hospital with no memory, and quickly finds himself on the run in a locked down hospital with the Cartel on his tail. He scrambles to find his true identity in the most vicious way.
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October 31, 2022 at 11:38 AM
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Pretty sure Nolte did this for free
This was bad....really bad
This is a skip for anyone over the age of 14. It uses the Jason Bourne lost memory and could possibly be a spy, criminal or soccer dad...who knows and people are trying to kill him. The director chose to go with shaky cam for ALL the action scenes. I do not mind shaky cam to promote tension or give the feel of what it is like to be fighting someone...but this shaky cam was used to disguised everythingincluding not haviing a good story. So many illogical scenes like people firing automatic weapons from point blank range(multiple times) and not even grazing the target. Double-digit ex machina scenes. A female character in a very intense action movie where she is killing people in hand to hand and gun and yet makeup and hair does not even have a smear. And do not get me started on Nick Nolte who looked and sounded worse than Weekend at Bernies (after he died). This is just sadness.
A perfect example of poor filmmaking.
Josh Duhamel certainly carried this film the best he could with what he had to work with, but he needed better backing to be the action lead star he deserves to be. The writing and directing was that of a 1980's amateur-hour film. Constant cheesy slow-mo shots with the most tedious cat and mouse game ever - don't even get me started on the ridiculous dialogue.
Actor turned filmmaker Sam Macaroni, who has an astonishing 89 directing credits - all mostly short films and TV movies, still hasn't learned how to properly fill in any runtime that's over an hour long. Along with the Blue Bloods series and a handful of short films writer Van B. Nguyen, they stretched out every scene to the max with little meat in the story that had long dragged out scenes and mostly unnecessary dialogue.
The action shots were all boilerplate cliched, and all the back and forth cat and mouse narrative became very annoying fast. An example is when Omar Chaparro's character Eddie wasted 5 minutes of film talking to the doctor to get Cain to remember; ok we get it, just say "get it done or else". You'll see that issue of squeezing every scene to its fullest throughout the entire normally comfortable 91 min runtime, of which felt much longer due to the lack of any real captivating narrative. And that's not including the many cheesy slow-mo's that added another wasted 10-15 mins of runtime for no reason.
It's all a boilerplate by the numbers story that's mainly filler with very little substance. All the attempts at any twists in the story were predictable and also cliched. This entire mess should've been cut down to a 1 hour TV movie length at best, if not into a short film.
The only redeeming qualities this film had was the acting, some decent action choreography by Duhamel, and an adequate score - for a B film. It was great to see the legendary Nolte, but even he needed better cast direction to speed up his slow and slurred dialogue, because one can only take so much before they start yelling "spit it out already".
Had the writer and director at least consulted a seasoned filmmaker for some much needed changes, this film would've been much more watchable. But as is, it's a very generous 5/10, all going to the underrated Duhamel for another convincing lead performance (he was a great lead in Bandit as well).