reprisal

Director: Brian A Miller (vice, the prince)

Starring: frank grillo, olivia cuplo, johnathon schaech, and bruce willis, 

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

An ex-cop joins forces with a bank manager to track down a highly skilled and ruthless thief. The situation soon escalates when the robber kidnaps the manager's wife and daughter.

Bruce Willis hasn't been in a lot of high profile films lately, kind of treading the slightly obscured path that actors like Nicholas Cage has trod. But here he is back to what he does best: foot to the floor action.

Jacob (Frank Grillo), a bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a coworker, teams up with his ex-cop neighbour, James (Bruce Willis), to bring down the assailant. While the two men work together to figure out the thief’s next move, Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech), the highly-trained criminal, is one step ahead. When Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter, Jacob barrels down a path of bloodshed that initiates an explosive counterattack and brings all three men to the breaking point.

Now this is a B - grade action film. So there are a few plot holes scattered here and there but thats not to say that the story itself isn't engaging or believable. It is and you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. 

 

I must admit when I was watching Reprisal I was checking my phone (don't worry, I was at home) and when the action cranks up you sit up and pay attention. It is well crafted and as such ratchets up the suspense and draws you in. 

Frank Grillo did well as the leading man of this film but his chemistry with on screen wife Christina was non existent. And then there is Bruce Willis. There's nothing more glorious in all of God's creation than Bruce Willis shooting a shotgun repeatedly into a baddie. Superb

A great B - grade film with plenty of action and suspense for the action fan.

★★★

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Reprisal  is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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