16 February 2020 | PJK
Works because of the cast.
Stephen Lang and William Sadler are world class actors who are given just enough material to work with to turn in two truly great performances that ground this movie and make it worth a watch.
David Patrick Kelly is underutilized, the story of his career.
Loved seeing Fred Williamson, George Wendt, & Martin Cove.
Dora Madison is given nothing to work with, her biggest moment is a fight against a man in his 80s, but manages to be memorable.
The script has some solid stuff but could have used a polish or three.
The direction is... uneven. Some great gore stuff but even more impressive are the moments where you are tricked into thinking you saw a gore that didn't actually occur. That being said there are two egregious errors - first the finale when they're cutting up to three different times of day into a single sequence and just hoping no one notices? Don't shoot your biggest FX at sunrise unless you have enough sunrises in the budget to do it right. Second, all the plot takes place at two locations meant to be right next to each other when they clearly are not. This is your entire plot. Don't take me out of the movie because you couldn't be bothered to have a location scout. Both buildings interiors could have been soundstages or ten thousand miles apart but your exteriors need to be next to each other per the script you wrote. These are first semester film school mistakes. And if that's bring mean to anyone it's first semester film students.