Final Score (2018)
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Ok, so this is absolute nonsense and if you started looking for plot holes you'd never see the film. However, Bautista has presence, the action scenes are well put together, the villains are nasty and the climax impressive given the budget.
You could do a lot worse with a beer on a Friday night
Give it your time and you'll not be wasting it
Forgetting tribal rivalries it was a film that followed the typical genre formula but nevertheless was a good watch.
The added quality of the film is Amit Shah as Faisal, a bit clumsy, but extremely nice chap. He makes a fantastic Laurel to Dave Bautista's Hardy. That is if you take the film tongue-in-cheek. Bautista is, however, well cast. He's a charming big man with enough authority to convince the audience (and Ray Stevenson's villainous character!) that you don't mess with former US Army men.
Pierce Brosnan, fully bearded for "The Son", has a cameo role. It's always nice to see a household name supporting small films like this. Enjoy.
.....not talking about the mockney London accents
.....not even talking about making a poor mans Die Hard movie in a football stadium
....,,but having the audience believe West Ham would play in Europe! Have a word with yourselves!!
The action is pretty much non stop and very realistic in places.
Have it a worthy 7/10
This was an enjoyable action film that had the right amount of humor, although I don't think" FU cupcake" is going to enter pop culture like that "Yippie ki-yay..." but they tried. Alexandra Dinu needed a better delivery.
If you enjoy the genre, this film is worth the time.
Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity.
They also don't notice a very bloodied large man walking around looking like he was in a car accident, yet draws no attention by even the security...until he runs on the field that is. Don't mess with the game buddy! Typical hooligan I guess. Based on this, I'm pretty sure much of the UK will not know when WWIII starts because you know...football!
Add to that the typical 100 or so moments where normal people in similar situation would be easily killed by getting an iron pipe smashed off their head several times, or punched and kicked in the face repeatedly, aaaaand the status quo 85 lb angry girl who can lay waste to a 280 lb ex-soldier who just moments before did pretty well for himself taking care of a 350 muscled freak of nature, and you have the modern action fantasy in it's finest form, with not even a hint of believability because, why bother? This genre is about as plot-centric as low grade porn.
It's just too much when you ad it all up to give it more than 4 stars as the plot is too thin to carry it regardless of the copious amounts of drama-tinted destruction tacked on that humans obviously thirst for.
The plot is ok but takes far too long to get going. And it's not even a tense build up. Whenever there is a child as a central character you know it's going to be a terrible action film. When are writers going to realise that we simply don't care whether these annoying brats live or die?! At least make them likeable!
So Bautista is ok as a leading role, there's no character development but that doesn't bother me too much in these sort of films. I'm not sure what has happened to Pierce Bronson nowadays. He's not even trying in this, basically keeping the same expression throughout the whole movie. The Russian bad guys are instantly forgettable...there was one big guy at the start that gets killed far too quickly and after that the rest seemed pretty tame. Also, cutting in an action scene in with a free kick in the football was just jarring. I wasn't sure what we were supposed to be more excited about?! The goal or Bautista on a bike? The only other noteworthy character was the steward who was incredibly whiny and annoying throughout . Gutted he survived.
Quick point on the plot. Would blowing up the cell towers really mean noone had contact with the outside world? What about all the TV and radio crews? Surely they broadcast outside of phone networks?
All in all it wasnt a fun action movie, it was a struggle. I wouldn't bother. A wasted opportunity.
I used to visit that part of London often. Sadly I had to explain to my kids when pointing to the statue of Bobby Moore who exactly he was. There is a nice pub nearby, they serve a pint which I call Anne Boleyn. It has no head!
Filmed in the old Upton Park ground before it was demolished. Bautista plays Knox, an ex army special ops veteran who is visiting the family of his dead army buddy. Knox takes his 15 year old niece to watch West Ham play at home for the last time. However some Russian dissident terrorists have seized control of the stadium and are searching for an ex revolutionary leader.
Bautista is a likeable presence, finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, Knox uses his special set of skills to fry, slice and blow up the bad guys. He is assisted by Faisal Khan the ground steward who wishes he took the stewards job at Arsenal instead.
There are plenty of set pieces including a nifty motorbike chase scene, some humour including Knox making clear his disdain for soccer. Somehow the crowd never notice all the shooting and police helicopters above and realise they are in jeopardy.
It is an entertaining action film, rather cliched though. It would had helped if the movie's villains were more enigmatic than just brutal thugs. It also needed more inspiring set pieces and I do not mean Pierce Brosnan's dodgy Russian accent.