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Final Score

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Action-packed thriller has bloody violence, strong language.

Movie R 2018 104 minutes
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Cliched dialogue, so many plot holes that it barely holds together, and, yet, thanks largely to Bautista, there's no denying the entertainment value of this action-packed thriller. Directed by Scott Mann, Final Score bears more than a passing resemblance to Die Hard. In fact, in one scene, Bautista's character -- an ex-solider caught in the middle of a terrorist operation, but determined to protect his dead buddy's daughter -- throws a body off a roof in a bid to get the attention of the police. Add to that a comedy pairing with unprepared steward, Faisal (Amit Shah), and a close combat fight in a lift (see Die Hard: With a Vengeance), to name just two, and you'll be forgiven for thinking this all seems somewhat familiar.

Why Final Score gets away with this, is that it never takes itself too seriously. Indeed it plays like a celebration or tribute to those movies which proceeded it. By setting the action in England, Bautista also gets to have fun with the fish out of water premise, albeit he's a fish with muscles on muscles. Some of the lines are so bad that they are laugh out loud funny. When a British police chief punches an American agent in the face for calling "football" "soccer," you're left with little choice but to just roll with it. If you're in the mood for some no-nonsense action, which doesn't require too much thought, then this might just be the result you're looking for.

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