Bruce Willis never really seemed to appreciate the fandom that came with a career as an action hero. He’s come across as more of a curmudgeon as the years go by and doesn’t seem to care much about his own legacy as an action star. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped fans from supporting Willis and it also hasn’t stopped him from making more movies… even if the quality over the years has dropped considerably. You can count Acts of Violence among the titles that seem to a sleepwalk for the former big-time Hollywood heavyweight, even though it does seem to show some glimmers of hope as an okay entertainment thrill-ride for like an hour and a half.
The latest trailer for the film covers two minutes worth of action, and it almost feels like those two minutes go on forever because it seems like we get the entire plot and then some outlined within the runtime of the trailer itself. Don’t just take my word for it, check out the video below courtesy of Movieclips Trailers.
The trailer starts with Willis on a strike team chasing down Mike Epps who plays a human trafficking perp. They fail to stop Epps, who manages to get away and continue his sex-trade trafficking around and about the city.
Things take a turn for the worse for Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore and Ashton Holmes, when one of their brides-to-be gets captured by the human traffickers and Bruce Willis and his division have their hands tied. The three ex-military veterans band together to take the law into their own hands, utilizing their skills and weaponry to track down and take down Epps and his goons.
The movie looks like a typical low-budget Lions Gate affair, complete with the rundown warehouse shootouts and cheap digital camera cinematography.
I don’t expect much from this film, but Cole Hauser has proven to be a worthwhile action star with what little material he’s been given, and despite Bruce Willis always phoning it in for his roles post-Die Hard: With a Vengeance, I can’t help but think that maybe, just maybe this might be worth checking out with a few drinks, a bowl of popcorn and an empty head waiting to be filled with pointless entertainment.
You can look for the film to launch at some point in 2018.
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