Mercenaries race Against the clock to stop a madman from using a computer program to wreak havoc around the world.
The work of billionaire tech CEO Donovan Chalmers (Willis) is So precious that he hires mercenaries to protect it, along with a terrorist group kidnaps his daughter just to get it.
Hard Kill Official Trailer
Far from the commanding movie star that he once was, Bruce Willis appears content to spend his later years moving from a mediocre B-movie into another, and his most recent car (his third collaboration with director Matt Eskandari in just two years, after the forgettable Trauma Center and Survive the Night), might be a career-low; a cliché-driven action movie that is every bit as imaginative as its name.
Everything about it Feels factory-made, be it that the generic dialogue, easy and outdated film methods, or the story itself, that revolves around a dangerously strong computer program capable of ending the world, the bad guys who will do anything to get it, along with the’heroes’ who are tricked into protecting it.
It is a basic technology that is dangerous’ plot which feels like it was lifted straight from 2007, coincidentally the same year that saw the release of Die Hard 4.0, another Willis automobile that was basically about the same thing.
Hard Kill takes place almost entirely in an abandoned warehouse of sorts, in which people spend the best part of an hour watching individuals shoot guns and kick each other (after about half an hour of dull but obligatory set-up). Soon enough, the action scenes all blur into one another, devoid of any individuality or creativity, and filmed with genuinely shoddy camerawork.
The script Exists only to serve a goal, with characters (if they can loosely be known as such) delivering each cliché line you can imagine, whether it is logical in the scene or not (it often doesn’t). In fact, those same characters frequently make decisions that completely contradict themselves and toss whole set-ups (or, heaven forbid, arcs)out of the window.
Their motivations simply don’t match what’s occurring, least of all because the whole assumption expects us to believe that supposedly expert mercenaries would be so easily conned, to begin with.
Initial launch: 28 August 2020 (Vietnam, USA)
Manager : Matt Eskandari
Screenplay: Joe Russo, Chris LaMont