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American Siege

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bloody, subpar thriller has a few fun, if bizarre, touches.

Movie R 2022 91 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Excellent Family Action Film

This was a pleasant surprise on Sunday afternoon. A good Bruce Willis action movie in the year of our Lord 2022? Oh my. Bless you, Bruce. Praise be. But you need to wash your mouth out with soap.

Is It Any Good?

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Riddled with bad ideas and dialogue but also peppered with bizarre touches and interesting character moments, this thriller isn't exactly good, but it does rise a little above others of its ilk. Reunited with his Cosmic Sin director Edward Drake, star Willis gets slightly more to do in American Siege than in many of his window-dressing-type roles, but he's still somehow the movie's least interesting character. He practically doesn't even need to be here at all, and his line readings are tonally all over the place, emphasizing certain words or leaving spaces between words seemingly at random. Thankfully, the main characters -- the three hostage-takers -- are rather more compelling, especially the siblings. Hindman's Grace is quick witted and action oriented, starting the movie by killing one of the villains and proudly wearing bleeding scratches on her face for the rest of the movie.

She also shows the cracks in her armor, indicating that a troubled life led her to become so hard. Always a beat or two behind his sister, Urb's Tony has a spiritual flair, like a grinning, snake-charmer preacher. When he tries to break open an armored door, he claims he's doing "God's work." When he finally breaks in and enters a dark chamber, he mutters, "it better not be aliens ... ." (A movie about them and their absent sister, a trio of outlaw siblings, might have been a great deal more interesting!) Unfortunately, despite the bursts of life the movie gets from these quirky characters, American Siege is still based around a pretty uninspired idea and filmed in an uninspired way. It's basically a whole bunch of firepower, explosions, and annihilation to explain a simple missing-person story.

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