Reprisal

Seeing Bruce Willis in the movies these days is damn embarrassing. The action icon appears to just wander into one to the next -- sometimes as a favor to someone working on the movie -- taking the phrase "phoning it in" to astonishing heights.

In Reprisal, he's an ex-cop (of course!) and the next-door neighbor of a bank manager (Frank Grillo) whose bank was recently robbed. Since that heist left one coworker dead, our tormented protagonist is obsessed with stopping the criminal from robbing/killing again. So he gets together with his next-door pal to figure out this cat's next move.

You can tell that the filmmakers only had Willis for a limited number of days during filming. Despite sharing top billing with Grillo, the man only shows up in a few scenes -- mostly all set in the same interior location. And when Willis does have to go outside, he awkwardly gets spliced in along with shots of the bald-headed double who subbed for him when he wasn't there. (See what I mean when I say this is embarrassing?)

It's bad enough this film is another flimsy, unsurprising, straight-to-streaming actioner/highlight reel for Grillo, who seems to want people to know he's ready to headline a blockbuster tentpole flick. But it's downright sad watching Willis go all half-assed in another movie. I guess we're gonna have to wait for Glass to come out next year to see if Willis can do a movie in whole-assed form again.

Credits

Director:

  • Brian Miller

Cast:

  • Frank Grillo
  • Bruce Willis
  • Olivia Culpo
  • Johnathon Schaech
  • Olivia Culpo

Writer:

  • Bryce Hammons

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