Despite leaving Batwoman last season, Ruby Rose has continued to try and expand her action repertoire with The Doorman last year and the upcoming Vanquish. Rose plays Victoria, a former drug courier for the Russian mob. A corrupt retired cop, played by Morgan Freeman, kidnaps Victoria’s daughter and forces her to do a series of 5 jobs for him, taking out gangsters and dealing with shady characters along the way. George Gallo, who wrote Bad Boys and Midnight Run, writes and directs Vanquish. The movie is out on Digital and On Demand on April 23rd and you can check out the trailer below.
35 years before Denzel Washington faced off against John Travolta, Walter Matheau faced Robert Shaw in the classic 1974 version of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Both movies were based on the 1973 novel by Morton Freedgood and follow a group of armed hostage-takers who forcibly take control of a New York City subway train and demand a ransom be delivered to them or they will start to kill hostages. In the 1974 version, Walter Matheau is Lt. Zachary Garber, who is leading the hostage negotiations over the radio with Robert Shaw as Mr. Blue, the leader of the criminals who is revealed to have been a mercenary in Africa. The movie was well-received by critics and has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and is well regarded alongside other 70s thrillers like Serpico and Death Wish (both of which came out the same year) and it inspired the character names for Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. You can check out the entire movie below thanks to YouTube.
Megan Fox has dealt with Ninja Turtles recently but she’ll have to try and survive bloodthirsty lions along with rebels determined to take back their hostages in the upcoming action movie Rogue. Fox plays Samantha O’Hara, leader of a team of mercenaries who are sent to rescue the kidnapped daughter of an African governor. When they find more hostages than planned and their extraction goes bad when their chopper is shot down, the group has to make their way across the harsh African landscape. They find an abandoned farm but soon realize it was abandoned because the previous residents were killed by deadly rogue lions. With both the lions and rebels closing in, the mercenaries have to figure out how they can make a stand and survive. Strike Back’s Phillip Winchester, Calli Taylor and Jessica Sutton co-star and the movie is directed by M.J. Bassett, who previously directed Solomon Kane and Silent Hill: Revelation along with episodes of Power, Strike Back and Ash vs Evil Dead. The movie looks like a cross between The Ghost and The Darkness and that Noomi Rapace movie Close from Netflix. It’s out on Digital and On Demand on August 28th and you can check out the trailer below.
Dolph Lundgren has had success in the past in Die Hardesque movies like the incredibly fun Command Performance but his latest, Hard Night Falling, is, unfortunately, a sloppy, boring mess.
Dolph stars as Michael Anderson, a veteran Interpol agent who is attending a fancy gala at an Italian villa to try and reconnect with his estranged wife and daughter. Unfortunately for Anderson, the host of the gala is hiding a cache of extremely valuable gold coins, which is the target of mercenary/thief Goro (Hal Yamanouchi) and his men, who take over the villa and take everyone hostage. Anderson has to get his wife and daughter to safety and get word to his elite Interpol team to come and assist in resolving the situation. One of the major issues of Hard Night falling is that it fails to really establish the space (or characters or really anything). The best movies in the Die Hard scenario genre establish the location our hero will be trapped in and then a lot of the fun is how the hero exploits that space. It’s never clear in Hard Night Falling where anyone is or where rooms are in relation to each other and it also feels like the most casual Die Hard hostage situation in movie history, as it seems like Dolph can just come and go as he pleases. When his team arrives to assist, they also seem to just be able to come and go at will, which drastically lowers the stakes and tension to almost nothing. There’s also really no sense of characters or background information. It kind of feels like you just jumped into a random episode of a TV show that is two or three seasons in and expects you to just know the characters and plot setup. Dolph disappears for large periods and his team is a boring, barely defined trio, one of whom literally does nothing for the entire movie. Things happen in the plot that seemingly come out of nowhere because nothing feels established or explained.
In a rare occurrence, Dolph really feels like he’s going through the motions here, like he showed up because he was contractually obligated but gives nothing to the character and seemingly wants to be anywhere else. The rest of the cast kind of blends into a stew of mediocre, unknown actors except fro Hal Yamanouchi, the one main bright point of the movie. Yamanouchi gives a villain performance that deserves a much better movie, chewing scenery, leaning into his villainy and just seeming like he’s the only one having a good time.
Hard Night Falling is a sloppy and boring mess that wastes the charisma and action chops of Dolph and fails to do anything with it’s tried and true premise. If you’re looking for an actually legitimately fun and well done Die Hardesque movie with Dolph, definitely check out the previously mentioned Command Performance instead and just skip this one.
(Hard Night Falling is on DVD, On Demand and Digital now)
It’s been just about a year since the final episode of Workaholics aired but Blake, Anders and Adam are back in the upcoming Netflix movie, Game Over, Man!. The guys are working as waiters/maintenance guys in a glitzy hotel that gets taken over by terrorists led by Neal McDonough and they manage to escape and attempt to become John McClanes to save the hostages and look cool while doing it. There’s a murderer’s row of supporting cast on board including Sugar Lyn Beard, Cloris Leachman, Jere Burns, Sam Richardson and Shaggy and Kyle Newacheck is behind the camera, as it should be. It looks like the same dumb hang out vibes as Workaholics but with a bigger budget and more action, which I’m 100% on board for. It’s out on March 23rd on Netflix and you can check out the trailer below.
There’s been a bunch of movies in the last few years about drone warfare like Good Kill and Eye in the Sky and now Sean Bean stars in Drone. Bean plays a CIA drone aircraft pilot who destroys a suspected Taliban target in Pakistan that results in the death of teenage girl and her mother. Her father (Patrick Sabongui) tracks Bean down and introduces himself as a businessman but his true reason for coming to the US is revealed and he holds Bean and his family hostage with a suitcase bomb. It looks sort of in the vein of something like Firewall or similar “family held hostage” movies and there’s a pretty good chance Bean will keep his death streak going. The movie is out on May 26th and you can check out the trailer below.