Since the release of Die Hard decades ago, the name of Bruce Willis is always associated with action movies. Indeed, Die Hard launched his career successfully in Hollywood, which earned him several roles in culture-shifting films such as Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense. However, his career had been dwindling since the start of the early 2010s; he mainly worked in Direct-to-DVD movies. Most of these films are critical failures and did not leave any mark on the film industry or catch any interest from the general public. And his newest Direct-to-VOD release, Hard Kill, might also fit into this description.
Hard Kill tells the story of Donovan Chalmers, a billionaire and tech CEO who hires several mercenaries to protect a piece of technology that can control the entire world. The leader of the mercenaries, Derek Miller, finds himself in a showdown with a familiar enemy. The situation gets more intense when Chalmers’ daughter is kidnapped by several terrorists. Miller and his team have to work their best to save her on time and protect humanity.
It is a Direct-to-VOD movie, therefore one who wants to watch this film should not expect much. However, the quality is even worse than movies created by amateur film students. It gives you several action sequences, although they are low quality at best and downright awful at worst. There is no sense of continuity, consistency, or even basic technique used on the progression of the story. It clearly had a very low amount of budget, which is evident by its embarrassing and almost offensive visuals.
The performances from the cast are also no better. Bruce Willis, the main star, did not give even low-tier performance. It makes you wonder if he is really a Hollywood star; he only gave one-note and emotionless faces throughout the film. The supporting cast did not help him either. All of them give cringe-inducing performance whenever they are on the screen.
There is nothing positive to say about Hard Kill. There are no redeemable qualities or even something that will pique your interest. There are hundreds, hundreds, action movies more worthy of your time, with lower budget and greater quality. The movie is lazy, uninspiring, and destined to be on the bottom half of the popularity ranking of the film providers.