Bad Movie Wednesday

One of a continuing series

As advertised, movie reviews and such are now being posted on the photography blog site, since they chew up a slew of the alloted storage space (images).

This one came out last year, and it’s streaming on Amazon Prime Video. It’s got Bruce Willis, so we can expect some action, and we are not disappointed. However, if you are expecting a Die Hard continuation, disabuse yourself of the idea. This is Reprisal, and as you can surmise from the title the plot is going to involve some payback. Be warned, reprisal turns out to be a tag-on toward the end. Details are from Wikipedia.

This title sequence shows a dedicated criminal type arming up as if to take over a third world country. He has weapons, and he has plans. His name is Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech). He gets going. This cuts to  a snapshot of Jacob (Frank Grillo) and his wife Christina (Olivia Culpo). They have a cute daughter who has medical problems. And yes, it is true that the main character in all these action/adventure films has a wive who looks as though she just stepped off the front page of Cosmopolitan.

Anyhow, they all go their separate ways this morning with Jacob going to open up the bank where he works. Gabriel heads toward the bank, as well, and the first thing he does when he gets there is to place a huge lock on the front doors and to then shoot the bank guard dead. Next he demands the money from the safe.

And Gabriel makes a clean getaway, leaving behind a host of brutalized people. Jacob has trouble getting over the episode, and, besides, the bank has placed him on administrative leave. Luckily Jacob’s next door neighbor turns out to be Bruce Willis, also known as James. He’s a retired cop, so we know he will end up doing some of that Die Hard stuff. James consoles Jacob, but Jacob won’t let go. The FBI is making no headway with the robbery suspect, somebody they have been tracking for weeks. Jacob figures he can succeed where the feds have failed—always a great plot device.

Jacob becomes obsessed, but he closes in on the solution.

Eventually he tracks Gabriel down to his hideout, where Gabriel has assembled his arsenal and where he has sketched out all his plans. Jacob sneaks in the back way as Gabriel puts the finishing touches on his next job and heads out on his motorcycle. Jacob phones the information to James, who alerts the authorities.

Jacob follows the motorcycle in his car, and eventually the motorcycle is tailing an armored car. Gabriel separates from the armored car and sets his trap. When the armored car arrives at the ambush point, Gabriel disables its ignition system and blocks all radio communications. Then he kills the driver and forces the inside guard, Maribel (Natali Yura) to open the door and to hand over the cash. The cops arrive, and a massive shootout ensues. Jacob wades in and engages Gabriel in fisticuffs. He pulls Maribel to safety, but Gabriel makes his getaway and stashes the cash.

Jacob departs, as well, and he finds the cash where Gabriel has stashed it. That triggers the reprisal part of the plot, with about a third of the run time remaining. Jacob tells nobody about the cash, as he plans to use it to resuscitate his father’s failing business.

But Gabriel won’t have it this way. He figures Maribel can finger Jacob, and while an FBI agent is questioning her in the hospital he shoots the agent seven time just make sure he is dead, and then he forces Maribel to give up Jacob’s identity. She remembers him from the news reports of the prior bank robbery. He forces her to phone Jacob and to ask him to come to see her in the hospital, then he puts a bullet through her head. He is a really bad guy.

Then Gabriel goes to Jacob’s home and abducts his wife and daughter. He phones Jacob, who by now is at the hospital looking for Maribel. He tells Jacob to come through with the money.

Once again Jacob enlists the aid of James, who calls in some favors from two law enforcement types. They track Jacob as he goes to the payoff, and there ensues yet another massive exchange of fire power. Nearby police are attracted by the ruckus, and they join in. Gabriel switches from a handgun to this formidable weapons of mass destruction, and he kills the two cops, who are foolish enough to come out from behind their concrete wall of and engage him in the open.

Jacob gets into the fight, as well, going through at least two magazines of ammo. James’s friends track down Christina and the daughter and call an ambulance. The daughter is having a glycemic attack.

Knowing the two females are safe, James wades in with a shotgun and finishes off Gabriel, who goes spat on the concrete after falling from a bridge. Nobody sheds a tear.

Months later we see Jacob into his new career as a police rookie. Apparently this business of running a bank is never going to hold the charm it once did.

And yes, the plot is absurd.

A bank manager can pull off in a few days what the FBI has failed to do in weeks. He tracks down the bad guy and gets the goods on him.

The bank robbery is not to be believed. First Gabriel enters the bank, dressed for war, and wearing a mask. Then he applies a massive lock to the front doors, and all this time the bank guard is looking the other way. Gabriel is supposed to be a master criminal mind, and he figures this is going to work out as planned?

Gabriel just happens to catch the FBI agent along with Maribel, this after the agent has conveniently told the cops guarding her to take the night off. This bit of mischief has every opportunity to go wrong—not the thing a master criminal would undertake.

We see experienced police officers attempting to exchange gunfire against somebody with an assault weapon, while standing in the open.

This is a showpiece of action and drama with not much in the way of literary value.

About John Blanton

I'm a retired engineer living in San Antonio, Texas. I have served in the Navy, raced motorcycles, taken scads of photos and am usually a nice guy. I have political and religious opinions, and these opinions tend to be driven by an excess of observed stupidity. Gross stupidity is the supposed target of many of my posts.
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