Mercenary for Justice (2006) Movie Review

Director: Don E FauntLeRoy

Writer: Steven Collins (Screenplay)

Starring: Steven Seagal, Jacqueline Lord, Roger Guenveur Smith, Luke Goss, Michael Kenneth Williams, Adrian Galley

Plot: A mercenary gets involved in a mission that threatens the lives of his kin. In order to succeed, he must break into one of the most wellguarded prisons in Eastern Europe and free the son of the most notorious drug lord in the world today.


Tagline – It’s time to fight again.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Mercenary for Justice starts as John Seeger (Seagal) is involved in a military operation involving a coup, John loses his best friend in the mission. Once back state side, John finds himself being bought into a new mission by Anthony Chapel (Smith) and CIA agent John Dresham (Goss) to break a drug lord’s son out of a maximum-security prison who his best friend’s family will be killed.

Thoughts on Mercenary for Justice

Characters & Performances – John Seeger is the most decorated man from the Gulf War, he is now a mercenary for hire, looking to try and do the right thing for the side that needs fighting for. He is pushed into the latest job to break a drug lords son out of prison, an operation he must get involved in because of the hostages being held being close to his heart. Steven Seagal is an actor we always know what we are going to get, the calm dialogue, the quick fight sequences. Maxine Barnol and Samuel Kay help John with the mission, being the two people, he will trust. Anthony Chapel is the man running the operation, having the connections to get the mission operational, while never wanting to get own hands dirty. The supporting performances are everything you would expect, giving us just want the film needs, a bit of laughter from the good guys and the sinister tone of the villainous characters.

StoryThe story here follows a decorated war veteran turn mercenary that is forced into a job to save loved one, only to turn the table on the people who forced him into the job. This is the type of action story which is going to be easy to watch, with little to over complicate it, keeping everything simple in how the mission is laid out. It doesn’t re-invent the wheel for action films, but does all that it needed to make for a fun late night action film.

ThemesMercenary for Justice is an action film that is filled with plenty of action that will see the bodies pile up, be it hand to hand combat or gunfire, as always it will fall into the idea that the good guys have perfect accuracy compared to the typical villains who never hit a thing.

Signature Entertainment presents Mercenary For Justice on Digital Platforms 5th April and on Amazon Prime Video 16th April

 

Mercenary for Justice is an enjoyable late-night action movie.

ABC Film Challenge – Action – A – Act of Valor (2012) Movie Review

Director: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh

Writer: Kurt Johnstad (Screenplay)

Starring: Rorke Denver, Dave, Sonny, Weimy, Ray, Ajay, Mikey, Roselyn Sanchez, Jason Cottle

Plot: An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.


Tagline – of their own accord

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Training Montage.

Story: Act of Valor starts when undercover CIA Agent Lisa Morales (Sanchez) is abducted, with a specialist Navy SEALs team look to extract her, Dave, Sonny, Weimy, Ray, Ajay, Mikey the real Navy SEALs show how they would complete a extraction before learning about the bigger picture.

The SEALs return to the field to track down the people that took Lisa in the first place to bring down a new terrorist threat to the world.

Thoughts on Act of Valor

Final ThoughtsThis is a unique take on an action film, we get to see a real Navy SEAL team as they work as a unit, have each other’s back and eliminate threats in the most effective way. By highlighting the abilities of the men, we get to see how people could become more eliminated without anyone noticing the threat coming, while having a more traditional look at how the terrorists around the world operate within the shadows, always having someone more dangerous on top of them. This is a very patriotic movie, showing us how it seems that only America can solve the problems in the world and does suffer from lack of emotional response for the person side of the story. It ends up feeling more like a highlight reel for the Navy over anything fresh that we haven’t seen before.

Overall: Easy to Watch Action.

The Voices (2020) Movie Review

The Voices – The Eye meets The Sixth Sense

Director: Nathaniel Nuon

Writer: Nathaniel Nuon, Daniel Hathcock (Screenplay)

Starring: Ashley Bell, Jordan Ladd, Leslie Easterbrook, Valerie Jane Parker, Jenna Harvey, Chloe Romanski, Chris DeBlasio

Plot: Don’t believe everything you hear.


Tagline – Don’t believe everything you hear

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Voices starts as we meet Lilly (Parker) who lost her sight at a very young age and has been adapting to life ever since, through her childhood, teenage years with Aunt Becca (Ladd) who always watched over her and her adult years as a therapist.

Lilly has always maintained the people person side of her, which will see her getting visits from different figures in life, some want friendship, others with warnings, as it Lilly finds herself being guided through life by the voices in her head, who will help hide her from the horrors.

Thoughts on The Voices

Characters & Performances – Lilly has been blind most of her life, she has always been visited by what she believes are people, but are spirits that have guided her without her knowledge, the next stage of her life is here, as she is expecting her first child, which only makes everything with the voices intensify to new levels. Lilly is a character we see in three different stages of her life, which will bring three different actresses to the role, Valerie Jane Parker is the adult version that will bring us the version that goes through the horror side of the film. Jenna Harvey is the teen aged version of the character that gets to go through the growing up fun part of life, while Chloe Romanski is the one that learns to adapt. Becca is Lilly’s aunt that always tried to guide her and prepare her for life, be it the one that taught her from a young age, or the one that tried to protect her from people taking advantage of her. Emily is the lifelong best friend that always stood up for Lilly, making sure she is safe and is ready to become the aunt when she announces her pregnancy. Rezeta Veliu does work very well with Valerie Jane Parker, giving us the real feeling of friendship between the two. The movie might well have a couple of bigger names involved, which will add the star power, even if they don’t get the biggest performance to play out.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman that has learnt to live as a blind woman after an accident as a young girl, with this she makes friends with what she thinks are strangers, but are in fact spirits visiting her, warning her and waiting for her. This is a nice mix of what ‘The Eye’ gave us, with the reverse effect, a blind woman regaining her sight seeing strange figures, here we hear them and ‘The Sixth Sense’ where the spirits are treating it like everyday life, with Lilly offering them the recognition that wouldn’t expect. As to how the story is told, we do seem to spend a little bit too much time at the teenager years, because of where the grander part of the story goes, as it does feel like we could have had a much bigger impact with certain moments in the final acts.

ThemesThe Voices is a good horror mystery, with some scares along the way, with the spirits, while other moments will be used for more shock value. The mystery side of the film is the biggest question because we are hearing about reports going on and it does feel like Lilly is thrown into it by accident, rather than the planned path for the visits. There must be a mention to the weakest moment of the film here too, which is the special effects used to create something we see, outside that moment, everything else looked clean.

 

The Voices an interesting horror mystery that will look to keep us guessing.