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Movie Review: Stand Off (2015)

Updated: May 27, 2019

A film literally about a standoff that pits 2 decent film stars Tom Jane (Punisher) and Laurence Fishburne(The Matrix, Hannibal) in a suspenseful thriller. But does the film fire blanks?

As per Rotten Tomatoes:  Carter (Thomas Jane), a troubled veteran, gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from an assassin (Laurence Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life.             

Rotten Tomatoes: 5.3/10 IMDB rating: 5.8/10 Metracritic: 36/100

Let's be honest. Laurence Fishburne has excellent range as an actor. Performing in great films like Searching for Bobby Fisher, The Matrix, Hannibal, CSI and more, he never ceases to amaze me. In this film he plays a badass contract killer just trying to complete an assassination job. Unfortunately he is spotted and photographed by a young girl while completing a job. She flees and ends up at the farm where Tom Jane's character(Carter, a broken down veteran) currently resides. Which brings us to the stand off.

Where this film fell apart was the length of the film. Understanding this is trying to convey the actual psychological situation that would occur, but it felt a little dragged on. The film was only 80 minutes in length but it felt like it was over 2 hours. There was some dialogue that clearly could have been cut out and would have not affected the final outcome.

Overall, it was a great suspenseful film that was very unpredictable table to the end. I recommend anyone/everyone to watch him this as it will be a hidden gem that might appear on Netflix one day. It's not an amazing film in any regards. Obviously it was a straight to Blu Ray release because if it was released in the theatre it would have made little to no money. But it has a chance at making money on Blu Ray sales.

⅘ stars

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