The PG-13 Die Hard wannabe.
I remember when this movie was in theaters, The Rock ran a big campaign talking about homages to Die Hard. Well, after seeing the movie it just did not land the same way.
Was it a fun movie? Sure. Would I have paid $14 in the theater to see it? Definitely not. Would I pay $2 on Redbox? Yes. That’s about what is what worth.
The movie stars The Rock as a medically retired hostage negotiator for the FBI turned Security Consultant working out of his garage. Neve Campbell, recently done with her stint on House of Cards, joins the cast as his Navy surgeon wife.The movie also has Noah “always assume I’m the bad guy” Taylor and a slew of Asian actors, some of which are Chin Han, Hannah Quinlivan, and Elfina Luk.
This movie bombed domestically. It had a budget of $125million and only pulled in $67.7 million. Now, it took place in Hong Kong. Was this a mistake? I do not think so. I think the movie was trying to appeal to a wider audience than just the states, and they banked on Rock’s international appeal and it more than paid off. Foreign markets pulled in $236.6 million.Which totals $304 million, over double the original budget.
So let’s get to the nitty gritty. Is this movie worth watching? Sure, it’s fun. The director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, knows how to handle comedy, directing movies like Dodgeball, We’re the Millers, and Central Intelligence. But with those comedy juggernauts, this one does not feature many laughs. Sure, he could be pushing into a different genre, but it doesn’t land great. As long as you don’t pay too much for it,you’ll get your money’s worth. The $2 Redbox rental would be the perfect price.So if Amazon or iTunes has a sale for the rental and drops it to that price,then go ahead there too. As of this post, it is not on Netflix or Hulu or Prime.
Thank you Broke for Free for the music in the podcast. It is excellent as always. The song is Nite Owl.