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fatman

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

 A rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus is fighting to save his declining business. Meanwhile, Billy, a neglected and precocious 12 year old, hires a hit man to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. 

To save his declining business, Chris Cringle, also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin, hired by a precocious 12-year-old, after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.

 

Mel Gibson. He’s back and gruffer, tougher and more bearded than ever. Fatman is an intriguing premise that doesn’t always live up to its premise, but it is executed with blood filled, furious action that will entertain. 

 

You’ve never seen Santa quite like this. He’s depressed, slightly alcoholic and running out of money and business. Oh and he’s being played by a grumpy as all heck Mel Gibson. The premise is unique and while there’s still a bit of magic around Santa, it grounds him in reality like no story that I’ve experienced has done before. 

 

The assassin after Santa plot line again is something fresh, but it’s let down a little by its execution. It descends into a predictable and hardly innovative but entertaining final bloodbath. 

 

Fatman is an intriguing premise that doesn’t always live up to its premise, but it is executed with blood filled, furious action that will entertain. 

★★★

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Fatman is available on disc and digital from all good retailers.