We love Nic Cage. But as he seemingly makes every script that’s thrown at him, we can’t necessarily say that we love all of his movies. Lately, we’ve felt like Bruce Willis seems to have been heading in the same direction.
Now comes the trailer for his latest, Reprisal, which co-stars Frank Grillo (aka that guy you see in everything but usually can’t remember his name). The official blurb goes a lot like this…
“Jacob (Frank Grillo), a bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a coworker, teams up with his ex-cop neighbor, James (Bruce Willis), to bring down the assailant. While the two men work together to figure out the thief’s next move, Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech), the highly-trained criminal, is one step ahead. When Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter, Jacob barrels down a path of bloodshed that initiates an explosive counterattack and brings all three men to the breaking point.”
Hmm, sounds like almost every action thriller buddy movie ever. Let’s have a look at it…
OK, it looks watchable – and Bruce is doing what Bruce tends to be doing more and more of late, just being Bruce. Which is probably why he actually isn’t the new Nic Cage, as the latter tends to take to every role that he accepts – and there are a lot of them – with gusto. Sometimes too much gusto, admittedly, but he’s always fun to watch no matter how dreary the movie that surrounds him may be.
So, who has what in development currently? Beyond Reprisal Bruce has five flicks in various stages: WWII action/drama Unbreakable Spirit, M Night Shyamalan’s Glass, crime/drama Motherless Brooklyn, sports biopic Cornerman and, of course, Die Hard: Year One. Actually, there doesn’t appear to be a whole pile of junk in there.
As for Mr Cage, on top of contributing his voice to animated features Teen Titans Go! To the Movies and The Croods 2, we have action thriller Between Worlds, action thriller Primal, action thriller Kill Chain, action thriller Prisoners of the Wasteland, action thriller A Score to Settle and actio- erm, crime thriller Running with the Devil. That’s a whole lot of thriller – and hopefully not filler.
Especially considering Cage’s threat to give up acting sometime in the next few years, we say that it’s time for the two to star together. Their only ever appearance in the same movie was tenuous at best, with Bruce in the Planet Terror half of Grindhouse, and Cage in one of the phoney trailers included in the Tarantino/Rodriguez double feature. Can you imagine what these two guys could accomplish together? Silver screen dynamite!
Come on internet, we have the power. Let’s get this one happening!