Writer: Paul Da Silva (Screenplay)
Starring: Bruce Willis, Steve Guttenberg, Nicky Whelan, Lala Kent, Heather Johansen, Texas Battle, Tito Ortiz
Plot: Alone and trapped in a locked-down hospital, an injured young woman must escape a pair of vicious killers who are after the only piece of evidence that can implicate them in a grisly murder, the bullet in her leg.
Tagline – The enemy is closer than you think
Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Late Night Action
Story: Trauma Center starts as waitress Madison (Whelan) gets caught in a crossfire between Tull (Battle) and Pierce (Ortiz) looking to clean up the loose ends. With Madison injured, with the bullet in her leg, the piece of evidence that could find the men guilty and Detective Wakes (Willis) waiting for the evidence to capture the people who killed his partner.
Tull and Pierce look to end the loose end, as Madison is left in an isolated part of the hospital in hopes of it being a safer location for her, which sees her needing to fight for her life against the killers.
Thoughts on Trauma Center
Characters – Detective Wakes is leading the investigation into the shooting which saw his partner killed, he offers to help with a phone call away, only he is spending most of the film moving around crime scenes. Madison is the waitress who has scared of hospitals after her mother’s death, she is raising her teenage sister, when she gets shot in crossfire, being the only witness and evidence into a group of dirty cops, she must fight to survive while she is being hunted down alone in the hospital unit. Tull and Pierce are the dirty cops that are trying to tie up loose ends, only finding themselves leaving bigger problems along the way, they can come off humorous at times, with how one thinks something is a good idea, while its not.
Performances – Bruce Willis is the main selling point for this movie, he doesn’t give us the level of performance we know he can in action, which only leaves us disappointed and turning to Nicky Whelan needing to do the most work here, working well with Texas Battle and Tito Ortiz.
Story – The story here follows a waitress who gets shot and is the only proof of the shooters that killed a police officer and now they want to get the evidence back. This story is pretty simple, it is one person needing to battle to survive against two season criminal killers in an abandoned part of a hospital that has been put in locked down, while her protective officer is investigating the crime. It is a cat-n-mouse style, which works, though the story never manages to get intense enough, anything away from the hospital is largely forgettable and the twist you think will happen, never does. This story is easy to watch without getting to any level that makes it feel like it is true peril.
Action – The action in the film is very simple, it is the cat-n-mouse style that works well enough for the film.
Settings – The film is set in Puerta Rico, though you wouldn’t have known this with any of the characters we meet in the film.
Scene of the Movie – The defibrillator.
Final Thoughts – This is a simple to watch action film that never reaches the level of intensity it should.
Overall: By the Book Action.
TRAUMA CENTRE is available on Digital Download 17th February and DVD 24th February!
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