Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday's Overlooked Movie: The Reunion

Okay, I'll admit that I'm a sucker for these action movies starring rasslers. This one is about three estranged brothers: a maverick cop (John Cena), a bail bondsman (Ethan Embry), and an ex-con (Boyd Holbrook), who have to team up and work together to claim a large inheritance. Their efforts to capture a fugitive wind up getting them involved in a scheme in which a billionaire businessman is kidnapped and held in Mexico. You got strippers, fistfights, stuff blowing up real good . . . In other words, there's not much in the plot of this movie that you won't see coming.

But despite that predictability, THE REUNION is enlivened by some oddball comedy and a villain who's a little out of the ordinary. The script isn't as good as in Cena's previous two actioners, THE MARINE and 12 ROUNDS (still one of the more clever movies I've seen in recent years), but it's not completely by the numbers, either. The action scenes are pretty well done and the cast seems to be having fun. This isn't a great film, just an amiable, entertaining way to spend an hour and a half.

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