Plot: Shaun, a mother of two, takes her children to her fathers secluded, high tech holiday home after his recent demise. The family soon get unwelcome visitors when four men break into the home. With Shaun stuck outside and the home having high tech security, will she be able to break back in in time to save her children? How far will a mother go to protect her children?
Director: James McTeigue
Starring: Gabrielle Union, Ajiona Alexus, Richard Cabral, Billy Burke, Levi Meaden, Jason George.
When her children are taken hostage by four madmen, a mother is pushed to her limits and she will do whatever it takes to save them. Shaun transforms into a Dominika (Red Sparrow), she defends herself and fights back.
One thing the film does right is not wasting any time. A lot of films will spend at least half an hour delving into the characters’ backstories and revealing occupations and relations to other characters etc. However, this film doesn’t do any pleasantries. It gets straight to the point. Some films that don’t give depth to characters can fall flat because audience’s don’t know the characters on the screen and therefore they can’t relate or root for them. Personally, the film worked without knowing these characters inside and out.
I rooted for them even though I had no backstory because they’re still likeable. It’s also relatable. If you’re a mother yourself, you can put yourself into the shoes of Shaun and I’m sure you’d do exactly the same as what she’d do. Films that do too much backstory drag anyway. We want to get to the point and not have our time wasted on pointless plot points.
Another bonus about this film is it has a short running time of just one hour and a half. It doesn’t drag on very long. It’s fast paced, gets into the action more or less straight away and the action doesn’t let up until the last two minutes of the film. There is a high intensity that lasts the entirety of the movie.
It’s a movie that is highly entertaining. Even though there are some deaths, it’s not a heavy film, it’s easygoing and enjoyable. If the plot or this blog doesn’t make you want to watch it then surely Billy Burke will. Who doesn’t love Billy Burke? The film also stars Ajiona Alexus who plays Sheri in acclaimed Netflix show 13 Reasons Why.