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Force of Nature (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Mel Gibson has had his fair share of bad press over the last twenty years.  Most very much deserved.  But featuring in a violent cop action thriller killing nameless minorities in the current climate will heap even more negativity on his career, even if this time he’s actually not to blame.  Bad timing and tone deaf distribution can take the heat here.  Oh that and the fact the film just isn’t that good.  Rumour is that Gibson picked up the role after Bruce Willis passed (Obviously the money wasn’t right for Willis as he’s starred in far worse than this and I’d question if he vent reads a script these days) and he for sure out performs the film.  For all his past Gibson remains fine actor and shins in genre stuff like this.  But beyond that an out of shape Emile Hirsch (more Mall cop than City cop), a sleep walking Kate Bosworth (did she ever NOT?) and some paceless direction make for a chore of a film that, ultimately, does no one involved any favours.

Best Bit: Mel is solid

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Blood Father, Dragged Across Concrete, Body Cam, Twister


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Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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