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Action -Shoot-em Ups

Precious Cargo (2016)

Duration1h 30m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorMax Adams
Writers/ScriptMax Adams, Paul V. Seetachitt
StarringBruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Claire Forlani, Jemma B. Kelly, Lydia Hull,
RatingsIMDb: 4.6/10 by 9700 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 0% by 32 reviewers. Review2view: 2/10.

Summary: Jack is a professional criminal who becomes involved in a diamond heist due to his relationship with Karen, a former girlfriend, who is working for Eddie a crime boss with numerous gunmen on his payroll. Jack had a technique for doing deals with a back-up of a young woman, Logan, with a sniper rifle. However when things do not go well with Eddie, he, Karen and Logan end up on the run, being chased on and off by Edie’s henchmen. During one intervention Karen recovers a coding device and in another Logan is shot, requiring Jack to ask for help from his girlfriend, Jenna, who is a vet and able to secretly treat Jenna for her wound. Things come to a head when one of Eddie’s men flies off in a cargo plane carrying an enormous safe, but Jack has a plan.

Content: There is no sex or nudity, although Jack and Jenna seen in bed together once. Beer is drunk and there may be a bit of smoking. There is an opening scene where Jack is selling firearms, cleverly avoiding being killed. There is a boat chase with the goodies and the baddies shooting at each other with little effect. There-after quite a few shoot outs with hand guns and machine guns, usually choreographed in an unrealistic way with few deaths or injuries. Jack and Eddie exchange threatening phone calls. Jack and Karen exchange smart dialogue.

A View: Very unusually this film scored 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. But why was it so awful? Maybe it was just silly with very little real plot, or not one which you could follow, and laughable set pieces. I was particularly irritated by the boat chase. I was actually a member of the crew of the boat chase in From Russia with Love, which, fifty years ago, was a damn sight better. They had the nerve to end this outing with out-takes and it looks as of the cast had more fun than we did. So in conclusion this is a film I watched so that you don’t have to.

I usually recommend some related movies, at the end of my reviews, so here are three lesser known shoot’em ups which I have liked better:  Legion, Everly and one of my all time favourites Dredd.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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