The 2nd Amendment (2020)

Vic Davis (Ryan Phillippe) is a Green Beret with a dark past who has fought in many battles. In the present day, Vic plans on picking his son up from college as it is the end of a term. Unfortunately, things are not going to plan. Vic accidentally breaks his phone before leaving his home and ends up getting stuck in heavy traffic, causing him to run very late.  By the time Vic arrives at the college, there are only two people left waiting to be picked up- Vic’s son and the daughter of the supreme justice. Upon his arrival, he begins to suspect some of the staff members around the campus look slightly out of place and somewhat suspicious. The suspicious staff members are in fact part of a terrorist group who plan on kidnapping the young daughter of the supreme court.  All of this is in an attempt to try and force her father regarding a second amendment vote.  Naturally, there will be horrible consequences if the terrorists get their way.  Leading the group of villains is a mysterious man who calls himself Driver (Casper Van Dien).  Driver is a man who clearly has a skill set of his own when it comes to fighting wars. Now it is up to Vic to fight off the group of dangerously skilled terrorists one by one and do everything he can to protect both his own son and the young girl.

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While I understand Ryan Phillippe has been busy with the Netflix series “Shooter” it feels like it’s been some time since the actor featured on the big screen. When I heard about this film, I was naturally excited as I was a fan of the actor in the ’90s.

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The concept of a man fighting off a group of armed terrorists might not seem anything new (cough, Die Hard, cough).  I am thankful to see some effort has gone into attempting to make this film feel new though. One central element is the actor Ryan Phillippe who certainly seems fit and is entirely believable in the role when it comes to fighting off a group of skilled bad guys.  Action sequences have moments that are pleasing and slightly surprising, and I deemed this type of action a brainless film.

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But while Ryan Phillippe seems more than fitting for this role and he makes an effort on screen, this film is far from perfect. Unfortunately, this film is loaded with many issues. Let us start with the film’s poorly written dialogue. The film introduces the audience to Vic as he sits in a moving car talking to his partner.  The opening scene introducing Vic was enough to make me almost walk away from this film and not review it at all.  The dialogue in many cases is either a waste of time, or it gives information that you know will be relevant later in the movie, making the film rather predictable.

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The script has major issues when it comes to continuity. One example of this is when Vic has an accident and breaks his phone.  After this, there is a later scene where the phone is working and then dead in the next scene after that. Details such as these, which stand out, have clearly been ignored during filming or editing.  These kinds of issues also appear in action scenes which have long pauses and do not always seem to flow.

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The film’s music is also awful and truly unfitting.  The film’s opening credits and background music only made me frown with disappointment. The main villain (played by Casper Van Dien) has zero personality and is a wooden character with a deep voice who becomes forgettable as the credits roll.

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Overall, this film is going to please those seeking a B grade film as an alternate to titles such as Die Hard or Skyscraper. This is most certainly an action film you watch to switch off from the world and eat popcorn. While I found the actor Ryan Phillippe welcoming to the screen, this film is far from perfect. Sadly, the list is long, but elements such as the film’s disappointing dialogue and poor continuity in subplots were unforgivable. The film’s music was also enough to make me frown as it feels unfitting, like many other elements with this film.  The main villain is dull, and the film’s predictable plot made me nothing but feel sad because, in the end, I feel actor Ryan Phillippe certainly deserves better.

3.2/10

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Set in Los Angeles, Wrath of Man follows a man with the nickname of H (Jason Statham). H applies for a job with a cash truck company after the last company he worked for went bust. He has skills and qualifications that cannot be ignored, and naturally, he gets the...

Triggered (2020)

The film follows nine best friends who come together to celebrate a five-year high school reunion. The entire group are out camping at night in a forest, allowing us to witness the nine interacting with each other. While the group is having a good time chatting,...

A Violent Separation (2019)

Set in 1983 in a slow and quiet town, the film follows a deputy named Norman Young (Brenton Thwaites). Norman is known as a good man and a good deputy within his local community. On the other hand, his brother, Ray (Ben Robson), is known for general mischief and is...

The Furnace (2020)

Hanif (Ahmed Malek) is an Afghan cameleer who has desires to leave the Australian outback. At the start of the film, we witness a horrific moment in Hanif's life that makes him fed up with his current ways, including his beliefs regarding religion. This tragic moment...

Twist (2021)

Twist (2021) - Movie Review 27th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on the well-known novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, here we have a new modern style on the classic tale.  The film introduces us to Oliver Twist (or Twist for short), who grows...

Who is Gatsby Randolph? (2019)

This is not based on a true story; this is a true story. The film introduces us to the legendary Gatsby Randolph through interviews by William Geoffrey, host of the TV show Lifestyles of the Elite & Famous.  William is invited into Gatsby's stunning home not...

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat (2021) - Movie Review 22nd April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Mortal Kombat (2021) follows Cole (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter who tries to earn cash by putting on a good show in the ring.  He also fights to make money for his partner and young...

Land (2021)

Land (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Edee (Robin Wright) is dealing with a significant personal tragedy in the present day. Her sister encourages her to get counselling, which she tries, but nothing helps Edee's wounds and current...

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The United States Vs Billie Holiday follows the career of the talented jazz singer Billie Holiday.  We witness many highlights from Billie's life, including...

Six Minutes to Midnight (2020)

Based on actual events from the year 1939 and a couple of weeks before WWII begins. A strange event occurs with a teacher working at a German all-girls boarding school, Augusta-Victoria College, Bexhill-on-Sea. The teacher, along with his camera, has vanished without...

El Americano: The Movie (2016)

The film follows a small, male, Mexican parrot named Cuco. Cuco and his family are part of a well-known circus, but Cuco is sick of being in the family business; instead, he would rather become an ultimate crime fighter. When Cuco isn't working with the family circus,...

The Dry (2020)

Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) is a detective located in Melbourne, Australia. He receives word that one of his childhood friends has committed suicide after murdering his family. Aaron returns to his hometown to pay his respects, but what he hoped would be a short visit back...

Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

A stranger is driving along a road when his car breaks down. Upon investigating, he finds spikes were laid on the street, popping all four of his tyres. He accepts a ride with someone who inspects his car, letting him know it will take $1,000 to fix.  Leaving his...

Nobody (2021)

The film opening shows us a stranger locked up in an interrogation room with a small kitty cat.  When questioned as to who he is, he answers that he is, in fact, a Nobody.  We are then shown flashbacks, telling us that the man's name is Hutch (Bob Odenkirk),...

Ascendant (2021)

Ascendant (2021) - Movie Review 14th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden A young woman named Aria Wolf (Charlotte Best) wakes up in an elevator, finding she is tied up and blindfolded. She soon breaks free from her bindings and discovers that she is alone in a...

Gunda (2020)

Gunda is a documentary that examines the daily life of several animals living on a farm. Some of these animals include a large pig, a couple of cows and a one-legged chicken. The film takes its audience on a journey while watching these animals doing various...

Voyagers (2021)

Voyagers (2021) - Movie Review 11th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on a novel by Stephen King, The Dead Zone follows Johnny (Christopher Walken), a teacher who is head over heels in love with a woman he hopes to marry in due time. But things go wrong when...

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020)

- Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula - Photo Credit: Jake Jung/Shudder Following on from Train to Busan (released in 2016), the film reminds its viewers of what has happened in Korea after a deadly virus changed the world forever. It has been four years since the...

Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

Set during WWII, Captain Maude Garret (Chloe Grace Moretz) is given urgent orders to hitch a ride on a B-17 bomber plane and a mysterious cargo package to carry. Her orders also include protecting the box and not allowing anyone on board the flight to open it at all...

Run (2020)

The film begins with a patient in the hospital, Diane (Sarah Paulson). Diane has just given birth to a baby girl named Chloe. But as Diane wakes up after giving birth and having an operation, she receives an update from the doctors about her baby, leaving her eager to...

Embryo (2020)

In this film, many mysterious happenings involving extraterrestrials have occurred around Snowdevil Mountain, Chile.  This film introduces one of these bizarre and twisted stories. The leading case we follow is about a young couple, Kevin (Domingo Guzman) and...

Two by Two: Overboard! (2020)

Two by Two: Overboard! (2020) - Movie Review 4th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden A flood has occurred on the Earth, and Noah’s massive Ark is still drifting with every type of animal onboard, including good buddies Finny and Leah. But with the Ark drifting for...

Tom & Jerry (2021)

The epic battle continues between Tom (the cat) and Jerry (the little mouse), this time in a movie based on the well-known cartoon series. After the two's most recent battle, Jerry decides to hide in the famous Royal Gate Hotel, hoping to begin a new life. Naturally,...

Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

Continuing from Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), Godzilla continues to hide from the world, and years have passed. But suddenly, Godzilla comes back to the surface and unexpectedly destroys a massive high-tech company. The world is now in fear as Godzilla makes his...

At Close Range (1986)

Based on a true story. Brad (Sean Penn) is a young man who enjoys doing very little in life other than hanging out with friends, drinking and smoking. He has no interest in getting a job unless he needs to buy something such as a nice car, but otherwise, he is...

The Witches (2020)

The film begins with a narration (surprisingly by Chris Rock), who talks to a group of young kids and warns them about the existence of witches. The film then goes back to the year 1967 and introduces us to a young boy (played by Jahzir Bruno) who sadly lost both of...

Kajillionare (2020)

Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) lives with her parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins).  The family of three are con artists who are willing to do anything and everything to scam and steal at every single opportunity.  You see, Theresa and...

The War with Grandpa (2020)

After getting in trouble at his local supermarket, Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is encouraged by his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman) to move out of his old home and in with his daughter and the rest of the family. Naturally, Grandpa is not overly fond of the idea and...

Hunter Hunter (2020)

We follow a family who lives in a cabin in the wild woods.  Joseph (Devon Sawa), Anne (Camille Sullivan), and Renee (Summer H. Howell) work as fur trappers and are struggling to make ends meet financially. Anne suggests to Joseph they move away from the woods and...

The Reckoning (2020)

A horrible sickness is plaguing the land of England. The Reckoning follows Grace (Charlotte Kirk), who makes the awful discovery that her husband killed himself after becoming sick.  Feeling it was the only way to protect Grace and their child, he left her alone to...

Centigrade (2020)

Inspired by actual events, Centigrade follows Naomi (Genesis Rodriguez), a novelist travelling with her husband Matt (Vincent Piazza). While the two are travelling to Norway for a book tour, they decide to stop their SUV and get some rest.  They also cannot drive...