TV warning: Bruce Willis & a "Fast & Furious" star let it rip - and unfortunately it's completely uninteresting!

  • Published: 2023/05/04 10:00

    Author: Pascal Reis


Bruce Willis is an action legend. With hit-and-run hits like "Die Hard", "Last Boy Scout" or "Last Man Standing" he has underpinned this status several times. In recent years, however, the bald icon has almost only turned films on the assembly line in order to provide for his family as best he can before his now diagnosed dementia forced him to end his career prematurely. Unfortunately, the works received almost consistently bad ratings because of their omnipresent warehouse charm and their irrelevance. This series also includes the revenge thriller "Acts Of Violence", which will be broadcast on Tele 5 on May 4th, 2023 at 10 p.m. (In the early morning hours on Saturday, the film will also be repeated again from 3.55 a.m.). it can be accessed flexibly from May 5th to 11th via the Tele-5 media library.). Bruce Willis hardcore fans can of course take a look. But we have to advise everyone else against a sighting, because you don't get more than a lead-containing action cucumber here. Ever since Declan MacGregor (Cole Hauser from 2 Fast 2 Furious) returned from the war, he has found himself at odds with his homeland. His brothers Brandon (Shawn Ashmore) and Roman (Ashton Holmes) can't help the traumatized veteran either. However, when Roman's fiancée Mia (Melissa Bolona) is kidnapped by gangsters at her bachelorette party, Declan's anger finds an outlet. From now on he will do everything to save his brother's great love. Together with his brothers, he takes on a cunning gang of traffickers behind the kidnapping and meets Max (Mike Epps), who is as ruthless as he is clever. In their search, Declan and his brothers get support from the tough cop Avery (Bruce Willis) and his colleague Brooke Baker (Sophia Bush), who have been investigating the girl trafficking ring for some time... In the official FILMSTARTS review, which gives "Acts Of Violence" a paltry 2 out of 5 stars, author Markus Fiedler writes in his conclusion: "Weak revenge film with familiar faces who don't get time to make anything out of their roles. The few really good ideas here quickly fall victim to the hail of bullets.” Director Brett Donowho, who previously staged video store junk like "5 Souls", "No Tell Motel" or "Paranormal Haunting At Silver Falls", sometimes gives the impression in "Acts Of Violence" that he really cares about the Trauma of the protagonist Declan are of interest. Again and again there are moments when the film takes a little time to show how much this character actually suffers. However, there is no depth in the script. Instead, all the halfway solid approaches sink into clumsy clichés and hectically edited shootouts, which are not used sparingly here, but in terms of staging they correspond at most to the genre average. Another problem is the rather unadorned look, which, according to critics, "reminds more of the outdated run-of-the-mill TV cops series than a movie". This is an updated re-release of an article previously published on FILMSTARTS.