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The Prince

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Flat characters, blood, and drugs in dud of a thriller.

Movie R 2014 93 minutes
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A veteran of low-budget, low-profile action movies, director Brian A Miller turns in a fairly typical, lackluster, knuckle-dragging thriller with THE PRINCE. As the story begins, it doesn't make sense that Paul would put so much faith and trust in a college girl, and when it's revealed that he's a kind of super-soldier, it makes even less sense. He comes across as unflappable and practically invincible, with everything under control. No one seems to be in danger, and nothing ever seems truly at stake.

That character negatively impacts the rest of the cast. Rain (from Ninja Assassin), playing a deadly right-hand man; Willis as a gangster; and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, playing a dangerous drug dealer, never seem like real threats. Nor does Cusack, as Paul's trustworthy old pal, seem very helpful. The movie glides along lifelessly at a surface level, hitting plot points but not investing in the characters, the emotional heft, or any suspense. The Prince is a royal dud.

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