‘211’: Film Review

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Nicolas Cage performs a veteran cop caught up in a gunfight with well-armed financial institution robbers in York Alec Shackleton’s motion thriller.

It is in all probability silly to want that Nicolas Cage would as soon as once more make films nearly as good as Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. However is it an excessive amount of to ask that he return to the comparative glory days of Con Air and The Rock? The query involves thoughts after seeing the most recent mediocre B-movie actioner during which the scarily prolific actor squanders his appreciable abilities. Its title seemingly designed to find it close to the highest of the VOD listings that may give it its highest profile, 211 primarily comes throughout like a pale, tv pilot-style imitation of Michael Mann’s Warmth.

Impressed by a infamous real-life 1997 North Hollywood financial institution theft during which the police discovered themselves vastly outgunned by a pair of financial institution robbers, this movie directed by York Alec Shackleton largely revolves round the same protracted firefight. However whereas the blazing gun battle consumes a lot of the working time, John Rebus’ screenplay (primarily based on one by the director) throws in loads of subplots and primarily irrelevant characters to make the movie really feel padded even at 86 minutes.

We’re launched to the story’s unhealthy guys by way of a prologue set in Afghanistan, the place a bunch of hardened mercenaries (Michael Bellisario, Sean James, Ori Pfeffer and Weston Cage, son of Nicolas) have been stiffed out of their cash by a conflict profiteer. After promptly dispatching him, the group heads to America to reclaim the cash that has been deposited in a financial institution. Alongside the best way, they’re pursued by a relentless Interpol agent (Sophie Skelton) who appears to belong in one other film fully.

Throughout their heist, the robbers are compelled to take hostages when their suspicious getaway automobile is observed by a pair of native cops – hard-boiled veteran Mike (Cage), who, like each older cop in films, is simply days away from retiring, and his youthful associate Steve (Dwayne Cameron), who additionally occurs to be Mike’s son-in-law. Simply previous to the violent occasions, Steve informs Mike that his daughter (Amanda Cerny), from whom he is estranged, is pregnant. The 2 cops even have a visitor, Kenny (Michael Rainey Jr.), a black teen who’s been ordered to experience together with them for a day as punishment for violently hanging again at one in every of his classmates who’s been bullying him.

Regardless of their try to distract the police by setting off an explosion at a close-by diner, the villains quickly turn into engaged in a brutal, elongated battle that includes loads of computerized weapons. Alongside the best way, they reveal their ruthlessness by killing a number of hostages and harmless bystanders, generally out necessity and different occasions merely for kicks. At one level, Steve will get shot within the leg, leading to a dying scene so drawn-out it might make Camille blush.

The movie awkwardly tries to infuse emotionalism into the graphically violent proceedings by way of the connection between Mike and Kenny, which begins out as resentful however winds up as one in every of mutual respect when {the teenager} rises to the event and turns into a key determine within the motion. None of it feels remotely genuine, together with the coincidence that Kenny’s mom occurs to be a nurse on the hospital the place a number of of the cops are being handled.

Director Shackleton phases the ultra-violent mayhem with affordable proficiency however little aptitude or creativeness. And the much less stated concerning the dialogue, which options such gems as Cage barking “Let’s take these assholes out!” (as if his fellow officers have one thing else in thoughts as they hearth away), the higher.

Whereas Cage successfully underplays all through, he does have a terrific meltdown scene during which Mike berates a superior for not offering back-up sooner. It is the form of fulfilling over-the-top second that the actor’s fan base lives for, but it surely’s scant compensation for the general mediocrity of this rote motion film.

Manufacturing: Momentum Footage, Millennium Media
Distributor: Momentum Footage
Solid: Nicolas Cage, Cory Hardrict, Michael Rainey Jr., Dwayne Cameron, Ori Pfeffer, Weston Cage, Sophie Skelton, Alexandra Dinu, Amanda Cerny
Director: York Alec Shackleton
Screenwriter: John Rebus
Producers: Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Les Weldon, Isaac Florentine
Government producers: Avi Lerner, Trevor Brief, John Thompson, Scott Karp
Director of images: Alexander Krumov
Manufacturing designer:
Editor: Ivan Todorov
Composer: Fredrik Wiedmann
Costume designer: Anna Gelinova
Casting: Luke Cousins

Rated R, 86 min.

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