Director Renny Harlin has had a rather odd career. The film world is usually filled with ups and downs for those who take part in it. This typifies what Harlin has gone through. Early in his career he had a big hit with Die Hard 2 and so-so ones with The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Cliffhanger. After that it was all pretty much downhill with lemons like Cutthroat Island, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Deep Blue Sea. Since then he has pretty much been relegated to making straight to video types like Driven, Cleaner and The Legend of Hercules. Now he is trying his hand at a heist film.
I say give it a chance. Despite the baggage which comes along with a Renny Harlin film. No, this is not a work of art. Not even close. But it is the type of film which can be mildly entertaining if you are in the mood for it.
A well known thief, Richard Pace (Pierce Brosnan – Mamma Mia!, Tomorrow Never Dies), has attracted the attention of a gang of criminals. Though they are rather unique criminals in that they rob from the rich to give to the poor…wait a minute…that sounds familiar doesn’t it? Anyways, Ringo (Nick Cannon – Men in Black II, Drumline), The Prince (Rami Jaber – first feature film), Wick ( Mike Angelo – Mr. Pride vs. Miss Prejudice), and Violet (Jamie Chung – Big Hero 6, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) kinda kidnap Pace. They want him to join them to steal some gold only they won’t keep it. Upon hearing this Pace is out. For a bit anyways…
That is until his daughter Hope (Hermione Carfield – Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) lures him back in. Now Pace is part of The Misfits. The gold they are going after is kept in a vault underneath one of the most secure prisons in the world. The prison is owned by businessman Schultz (Tim Roth – from television’s Tin Star). What ensues will be elaborate plans, disguises, car chases, and riding camels through the desert.
Just like Harlin’s career there are ups and downs here. Ups are the sets and locations. Kinda like a lower level Mission: Impossible. A down is the rather laughable at times script. Cheesy in spots and awkward dialogue. Down is the acting. Brosnan is his usual steady self, but the rest of the cast is a toss up level-wise, especially Nick Cannon. Another up is the cinematography. So in other words the film looks decent but has little to no substance. Buyer beware. If you do so, then there is potential to enjoy The Misfits.