Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
So after giving it some thought, I decided to bundle these two films together and do one big review. Why you ask? Well, firstly both films star Bruce Willis and secondly, both are your basic straight to streaming types of action movies. You know the ones; we only watch them out of curiosity or because we have nothing better to do.
Now I’m not going to lie, watching these movies knowing what we now know about Bruce Willis’ health, made me a bit depressed. For those who may not know yet, Willis was recently diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. Aphasia leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others (source John Hopkins Medicine). He’s been suffering for a long time and if you look back at his movies of the past decade or so compared to his earlier work, you can see how it began to affect his performances. Because of this I won’t be commenting on Bruce’s performance.
Fortress: Sniper’s Eye
Let’s start with Fortress: Sniper’s Eye which is a sequel to last year’s Fortress and it actually picks up right where that film stopped. Honestly, you could watch them as one VERY long movie as there’s no change to the main story. There’s a bad guy named Balzary (I know, sounds like an evil wizard’s name) played by Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill, House of Wax) who has infiltrated a place called The Fortress which is a sort of retirement village for ex-secret agents (stick with me, it gets dumber) to exact revenge on Robert (Willis) and steal millions of dollars in the process.
All this movie is missing are some goofy aliens or a poorly rendered CGI dinosaur and it would be perfect as a SyFy movie-of-the-week. I’ll give them this, Murray is having a ball playing the villain and Jessie Metcalf, who plays Robert’s son Paul, is earnest as all hell in his role. Both actors put a lot of energy into a movie that doesn’t deserve it. Everything else is utterly forgettable. But what do I know, this movie is ACTUALLY getting another sequel so obviously it has fans somewhere. Or, at the very least, is making the creators enough money to keep going. As for me, I think I’ll call it quits with this one.
Sommer’s Score: 3.5 out of 10
Corrective Measures may not be much better but I’m giving this one points for originality. After a global event causes some people to mutate and gain super powers, the world is thrown into chaos. To combat this a special prison is constructed to house meta-criminals, including the most dangerous of them all, The Lobe (not to be confused with the character from mid-90s animated series Freakazoid) played by Willis.
The budget is obviously limited here with their use of one location, but this is the type of movie I would love to see done on a bigger scale. Could you imagine if Marvel or DC decided to do something like this? It would be pretty cool! There are even a few celebs here that are no stranger to the superhero genre, with Tom Cavanaugh (CW’s The Flash) starring as The Conductor, a prisoner who missed the good old days when everyone feared his electricity-based powers, and Michael “I’m your daddy” Rooker who we still miss in his role as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Rooker plays the prison warden who has a personal grudge against The Lobe. He and Cavanaugh are the best parts of the movie performance-wise and outshine all others, even the main protagonist Brennan Meija who plays the new prison “fish” Diego. Poor Meija (who I’m not familiar with, but his IMDb says he was the Red Dino Power Ranger) disappears in a movie where he’s supposed to be the star!
The special effects aren’t anything spectacular but the powers of the prisoners are diverse enough to be fun, with characters who can make everyone sick by belching to the very cool abilities of main bad guy The Lobe (no spoilers here). It’s just a shame Corrective Measures (I think “Super-Max” would’ve made for a better title) didn’t have the big bucks to throw behind their concept.
Sommer’s Score: 5 out of 10
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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