Please Bruce, do not go down the path of the Seagal or the VanDamme. I guess it happens to all the greats, just look at Pacino. Even some of his films go direct to DVD. As for Bruce, this is his second in a series of three direct to DVD films (Catch .44, The Set-Up, and Fire with Fire) and while he is not the main star, it is still a crime to waste his talent here.
Catch .44 was released for one week in the United States by Anchor Bay to promote the DVD release. However, they should have saved their money because this is a waste of time. Poor production value, poor acting, and poor use of Bruce Willis. He has his moments like he did in “The Set-Up” but overall the movie belongs in the toilet. It’s another one of those “Everyone Wants to be Tarantino” films filled with scenes of the characters telling stories, jokes, anecdotes, etc. only not with the panache that Tarantino has. At least with Tarantino there is homage to all cinema. This is just someone trying to be cool and failing on so many levels. The cutting back and forth between the past and present is ridiculous because the story is shit.
The dialogue shows the writer’s lack of creativity because as much as I love the word “Fuck,” the word is used as a tool to say “hey, I’m an indie film” when in fact this is just a crappy movie. I think Bruce must have lost a bet because these three Direct to DVD movies are connected to rapper 50 Cent who acts and/or produces all of these. I remember Bruce getting out of a major lawsuit with Disney after walking away from a production called “The Broadway Brawler” that cost them an assload so in turn he had to act in three films for (industry) way less ($6 million instead of $20 million). Those films however made the studio a nifty chunk of change; “The Kid,” “Armageddon,” and “The Sixth Sense.”
Oh well, I give the movie a chance because of Bruce and I know not everything he does turns to gold but I wish he would be more careful of the projects he picks instead of playing eni mini miny mo with his stack of scripts. It could be for the money but I figured by now Bruce could be picky with his choices.
A fun drinking game idea would be to do a shot every time Forest Whitaker’s Tony Montana accent goes in and out. He is so lame in this you forget he was good in “The Crying Game” and “Ghost Dog.”
In a nutshell, avoid this pile of turd.