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Who is Meadow Williams? Nobody you know and that's the main point! She is a D-list actor who isn't fit to be cast in a swiffer commercial, let alone a movie. She takes the lead female role (Clair) and tries to pass herself off as a twenty-something bar maid who is romantically involved with one of the bank robbers. There's only one problem, she is 53 and her plastic face is about to explode from Botox injections. Meadow Williams inherited 800 million dollars from her late hubby Gerald Kessler and that included his reputable production company. She and her 28 year-old boy friend (Swen Temmel) now make movies and cast themselves in lead parts. This movie could have been decent, but she had to be in it. I tried to ignore her bad acting and awkward appearance, but I just couldn't finish the movie!! The action scenes were very low budget and the stunt men needed lesson on how to fall down. 300 rounds of ammunition and not one broken car window? C'mon guys!!
I came into this with high hopes. Die Hard is my favorite motion picture of all time. The Shield was, imo, the best television show of all time. The two stars of those respective productions are in this movie - so it has to be good, right? The production value and performances were so tight in each. Those were tim s of real screen magic, the synergy of solid writing, superb direction, skilled actors, and good editing.
There were a number of red flags as soon as the logos started popping at the start of the movie. Too many production companies involved, including Moviepass(?!?).
Then Bruce Willis came in with what is, hands down, the most rigid and unbeliveable dialogue delivery he has probably ever done. Everybody in that scene looked like they had ten sticks in their butts, they were so rigid and not humanlike that the dialogue was a chore to try and follow.
Texas Battle kind of reminds me of Anthony Anderson, which seemed great at first, but then I realized that he looks super uncomfortable in all of his scenes, like he doesn't know where to look or how to stand and is super self conscious about it.
The bank heist was super hokey. They guys with guns were clearly not super knowledgeable about how to do tactical stuff and came off looking like goobers in tacticool ninja suits.
The producers and editors, although I will admit were dealt a pretty weak hand in terms of script, botched this movie so hard. There is very little flow to any of the dialogue. The plot is so thin. There were some moments of decent gun action w/ Chiklis, and they actually reloaded, but even that was ruined when one of Michael Chiklis' enemies clearly had to check his mag orientation twice before inserting it.
I have been waiting a decade for the return of a character that even showed fleeting glimpses of the greatness of Vic Mackey and three decades for Nakatomi John McClane. It sasdens me to realize that thoae performances were extraordinary a d we'll probably never see anything on that level again.
Bruce Willis has made some terrific action films, this is not one of them. The initial gunfight is not anywhere close to realistic, and the attempt to make it seem like great action by shaking the camera makes it even worse. The blood on a victim's white shirt looks like some kind of strange purplish red soft drink. Even Bruce doesn't look like he believes what he is saying when he talks. Don't waste your time.
It sounded like a decent plot O M G I was insulted that they threw Bruce Willis in the mix just to get you to think that this was a Bruce Movie IT IS NOT I had to fast forward 2/3 of it and mute more than half. They tried to make a shoot 'em up thriller. FAIL !!! And Bruce phoned it in without pretense. He should be ashamed. I wasted my time and Money, don't you.
Stellar actors delivering lines like a first read of the script. Its subtle at first then it starts to sould like a highschool play. Willis, Chickless, etc. The delivery is aweful and only a director can take that much talent and wreck it. I had to stop watching 30 minutes in. The plot was excellent, the writing.... meh. But the acting... so very bad. Director probably never took more than one take on any given scene. No one sounded right here.
Yeah so the most interesting part of this movie was trying to figure out which city they were in, and even that turned out to be be disappointing. This is not a Bruce Willis movie, this feels like someone made such a crap movie and then afterwards put some Bruce scenes in. Good for Bruce but bad for us. Pretty bad acting and a pretty boring story line.