Tuesday, November 27, 2012
One Minute Movie Review: Fire with Fire
This film's fire never really got started; in fact, it pretty much smoldered and then flamed out by picture's end. David Barrett brings us his idea of what an action flick should look like; slow moving, poorly acted, overtly profane and violent, and assuredly predictable. Josh Duhamel, of Transformers fame, attempts his first real leading man role in a motion picture. Try as he might; it appears that without large battling machines, his true acting prowess is revealed; stiff, unimaginative, just plain mediocre. Other wasted talent in this lackluster thriller is; Rosario Dawson, most unmemorable in Zookeeper and MIB2, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Bruce Willis who delivers the least amount of effort but probably received the biggest paycheck. Perhaps the biggest disappointment is D'Onofrio, who prior to this, was one of the finest character actors of the last ten years. Unfortunately, he plays the bad guy as clichéd and unremarkable as possible with a southern accent that a first year acting student from the Bronx could have pulled off with more authenticity. The story has been done to death, which is a running theme of late with Hollywood's current offerings and any attempt at realism falls flat do to the stilted and hollow performances. Any film with this many F bombs are making up for something, a lack of script writing talent for starters. 0 out of 5 Kernels; the only thing that was combustible in this flick was its profit margin after Willis' salary.