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As Good as Dead

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Strong violence, language in Mexico-set action tale.

Movie NR 2022 88 minutes
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This campy, bloody, macho fight picture set in Northern Mexico is sure to find a niche audience. As Good as Dead is exactly the B-movie it aims to be, and its cast fits the bill perfectly, including a supporting performance from veteran Tom Berenger. Writer-star White is convincing as the invincible recluse with a past, and the brother duo played by Oriel and Iván have moments that approach endearing. The male bonding, which happens solely through violence but does include cross-cultural and ethical boundaries, also holds some interest (as well as flashbacks to Karate Kid). A funny scene has Iván and White debating which past action thriller their story most recalls. It's one of many winks the film seems to make as an intentionally hammy homage.

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