A desperate American couple discovers all is not what it seems when they uncover a high-stakes underground scam while traveling abroad. To expose the truth and get back to the U.S., they must risk their lives to save their daughter.
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.
Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen,
Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
A mechanic learns that his daughter, whom he thinks is at college, has dropped out. He tries to call her but when someone else answers the phone, he goes to where she's staying and finds a photo of his daughter with another girl, so he looks for her and asks her where his daughter is. She says that his daughter hooked with a guy whose from New Orleans. So they go there to find him. When some men refuse to answer his questions they beat him but he fights back, which the girl is amazed that he can do. Eventually they find the guy who tells them where his daughter might be. But while on their way some men shoot at them. He learns that they work for a man named Omar who wants him. He still tries to find his daughter while Omar sends his best men to get him. Written by
"The Prince" is entirely unoriginal as it doesn't show us anything we haven't seen before. It's generic and formulaic. Everything in this movie you've seen in other movies before it, only those movies did it better and they did it first. Uninspired would be the word. No creativity to be found anywhere. Characters: bland. Action: bland. Story: bland. Cinematography: bland.
I don't mind unoriginal movies, if at least they are well executed in a "guilty pleasure" kind of way. (A good example of this would be the semi-recent sci-fi action flick "Lock-Up", which scratches certain itches and succeeds to be entertaining, even if it has no Oscar worthy moments or multi-dimensional characters in it.) But this movie doesn't provide any guilty pleasure.
The setup is similar to "Taken" where an aged but "combat experienced" father goes looking for his daughter, killing a bunch of bad guys along the way. The movie tries (and fails) to establish the main character as a legendary bad ass who kicked butt 20 years ago and now has come back to save his daughter. How do we know he is this legendary bad ass? Mostly because the characters in the movie say that he is (please: show, don't tell), but Jason Patric just can't pull it off as the lead, even if he might be an otherwise competent actor. I think this is mostly the result of poorly written dialogue/scenes that just fail to sell the bad ass-ness and we never really get to see it.
The actors are doing an okay job with what they're given, but they aren't given much to begin with. Despite what the movie poster might imply, neither Bruce Willis nor John Cusack get much screen time, though it's not like their characters are interesting in any way. More screen time with them wouldn't have saved the movie.
Some may say "Well it's a genre movie. It doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Take it for what it is: An action movie!" I am. The movie doesn't succeed. I have watched my fair share of Jet Li/Jason Statham/Vin Diesel/Dwayne Johnson etc. movies and suffered through mediocre acting and story telling but got rewarded with a couple of interestingly choreographed fight scenes or otherwise neat visuals or interesting set pieces. Not so here. It's just some guy punching/shooting bad guys at mostly boring locations. No interesting fight choreography, camera work, tension... nothing. Most of the action involves our main guy being shot at by incompetent bad guys, quickly taking cover, then eventually shooting the bad guys because they suck at taking cover -> Level complete.
It's not that the people involved in this movie were entirely incompetent, the actors are doing an okay job, the lighting is fine, the camera is, well... capturing what needs to be captured, the story is at least not a confusing mess, the character motivations are mostly clear etc., but ultimately nothing in this movie stands out as original or particularly well done. There is not a single "Hey, that was cool/interesting/impressive." moment.
"The Prince" will leave you entirely unsatisfied as you won't care about the characters or the twist-free conclusion nor will you get a rush out of any of the action scenes. This movie is not worth your time and especially not worth your money. It's a lazy straight-to-rental cash-in, using Willis and Cusack to lure people into watching it. Please don't reward such business practices.
52 of 63 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?