Backtrace (2018)

Director: Brian A Miller

Writer: Mike Maples (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Ryan Guzman, Meadow Williams, Matthew Modine, Colin Egglesfield, Christopher McDonald


Plot: The lone surviving thief of a violent armored car robbery is sprung from a high security facility and administered an experimental drug.


Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Dull & Messy


Story: Backtrace starts with a bank robbery gone wrong as the three get gunned down, with Macdonald (Modine) being the lone survivor, detective Sykes (Stallone) arrives at the scene to figure out just what went down, hoping Macdonald can give him the answers.

With his memory lost Macdonald is offered a way out of a security prison by Lucas (Guzman) and Erin (Williams) so they can get to the bottom of what happened, for their own reasons using an experimental drug to unlock the memories he has of the robbery.


Thoughts on Backtrace


Characters – Sykes is the lead detective trying to piece together just what happened with the shootout and bank robbery along with the problem when the only survivor goes missing. Lucas leads a group that have taken the lone survivor as they look to backtrace his footsteps to learn just what happened for their own motivation. Erin is the nurse that uses the drug on the survivor, she makes sure he stays alive through Lucas’s team’s investigation. Macdonald is the lone survivor of the shootout, only he has lost his memory, he wants to know the truth himself and will go along with Lucas and his team to learn the answers.

PerformancesSylvester Stallone is in this movie, but he barely does anything or has much screen time, he is a generic detective figure that just doesn’t get enough time to make any sort of impact on this film. The rest of the performances in the film have little to no impact on anything we are seeing and by the end you will feel flat by the performances.

StoryThe story follows the different groups that are trying to learn the location of the missing money after a robbery goes wrong and only witness has lost his memory. The story tries to put intertwine the different characters which is designed to try and make twists along the way, only for things to become overly reliant on these attempted twists. The concept could have worked, but in the end this story falls majorly flat because the characters are written so dully you simply can’t connect to anyone in the film.

CrimeThe crime side of the film seems to have everybody involved in the story either being a criminal or a crime fighter and we never know which side to trust either.

SettingsThe film follows our characters going back through a crime situation, which only feels tired on just what is needed.

Scene of the Movie –
Ummm pass.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The storytelling process.

Final ThoughtsThis is a dull action crime film that doesn’t get the storytelling done well, making most of the film feel boring because we simply can’t connect to the characters.


Overall: Uninteresting.




Opinion Battles Results Worst Animated Sequel

Opinion Battles Results

Worst Animated Sequel


This round we have had an excellent selection of Bad Animated Sequels but just which one was the most popular?


Choice – Jungle Book 2 & Atlantis 2

Players – Tom and Myself

Points – 6


Choice – Cars 2 and The Little Mermaid 2: Back to the Sea

Players – Emma, Kim, Table 9 Mutant, Movie Rob

Points – 12

This is the final round of Opinion Battles, the feature won’t be returns and congratulations to Movie Rob for being the final champion once again.

Here is the table, ( Kim – Tranquil Dreams, Cinema Parrot Disco, Rob – Movie Rob, Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews, Emma – Emma Explains It All, S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason, Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews, Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews, Milo – Stuff and That)


2018 Review and Thank You Letter

2018 has been another excellent year for Movie Reviews 101, I bought in a new feature which is pushing me to watch an even wider range of movies, while other features have faded away. On a personal level I started writing on another website, Ready Steady Cut, my Youtube Channel is still plugging along, hoping to get more subscribers and videos up this year.

I would like to thank everybody who has read a single review, taken part in Opinion Battles, joined the ABC Film Challenge, commented and the publicists and filmmakers that haven given me a chance to watch their movies.

In 2019 things are going to continue to go strong, with a few changes.

First Opinion Battles will not be returning this year, this is because the voting has sunk to record lows and the subjects are becoming harder to select.

The ABC Film Challenge is continuing with the follow subjects

·         January – Favourites from 2018

·         February – Oscar Nominations

·         March – Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Films/characters, a month dedicated to one of my favourite actors)

·         April – Action Movies

·         May – Biopic

·         June – World Cinema

·         July – Crime

·         August – Franchise Ranking

·         September – Thriller

·         October – Horror

·         November – James Bond Franchise

·         December – Anticipating for 2020

If you want to join in with reviews or recommendation you are more than welcome to send them to

I am looking to continue to bring you all more reviews from the biggest and the smallest budget films from around the world.

Thank you all once again, it means so much to me to be able to continue the site with my hope that one day I could make a small living off this.


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