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Eric Roberts plays the mob henchman who exacts some revenge after being set up for failure. There is some cheese, some overacting from the supporting cast, the well-known fake car scenes and plenty of hardware firing off, but in the end he makes for a decent watch from beginning to end. Ironside only has one scene in the beginning, so Davi and Eric are why one would watch this. Maybe for that car also. The picture quality looks good and the sound was fine so at least the budget existed this time to make it believable.
The supplement feature lasts 15 minutes and covers the usual interviews of cast and crew with the typical shots of the action logistics/production. The sneak peaks are the Michael Roesch fare that will someday make their way to DVD (Alone in the Dark II and Far Cry).
Overall, a decent watch for the Roberts fans and Jesse Johnson's best movie to date (I realize what little that can mean as my customers have despised his last few films), so I would say 3 1/2 for the movie, 1/2 for the extras and DVD quality; hope you enjoy this for what one would expect. As a side note, when Mr. Roberts came through this area to make Graves End a few years back (which is still not released in the US, grrr..) he was always an approachable guy that treated the locals nicely, even after 180+ films he still keeps it going.
While the language isn't as vile, it's a much bloodier film than, say, the Departed. It doesn't use the male-posturing crap that other movies seem to do to justify the carnage, either. Eric Roberts appears as if he's sleepwalking in the early scenes and I thought I was in for another straight-to-DVD snoozer.
While not portraying a "deep" character (after all, he is a hitman!), Roberts can handle the heavy ordnance with the best of them. (Refreshingly, he doesn't bust out crying in this one, folks.)
The film has its plot holes and silliness and is far from perfect. None the less, I give it a 9.5 out of 10. I sincerely recommend. Very well made.
The story: Double-crossed by the underworld syndicate employing him, a washed-up debt collector (Roberts, The Dark Knight) strikes back by stealing a multimillion dollar take.
With a 113-minute runtime, “The Butcher” is a longer-than-average low budgeteer, but makes it worth it by building up its characters and allowing the actors to amply show their acting chops. This investment, in turn, is made worth it by the seriously good cast. Cult star Eric Roberts has the same natural charisma as David Carradine or Lance Henriksen, making any scene he appears in entertaining by default. Villain Robert Davi is in a similar league and for all the seems like he was gearing up for a Boardwalk Empire audition. Also in the credits are the spectacular Irina Bjoerklund, Keith David, Geoffrey Lewis, Bokeem Woodbine, and Michael Ironside – occupying roles of varying sizes but all working towards my general impression of “Wow, I forgot that movies like this could have good acting in them!Read more ›
Then the new guy on Murdock's team sets him up and all bets are quite literally off. With nothing to lose he goes for broke and decides to take on all comers and get the heck out of it - with as much loot as he can carry and a girl - if possible.
Now this is a film that is about as subtle as a brick - the plot is so old it too is due for retirement, and some of the dialogue is cringe worthy. But where this scores really well is in the action. It is one hell of a shoot `em up and they really do go for broke on the hardware. Without the action this would be a bit of a fail, but with it we get a film that keeps you for the most part wanting to tag along for the ride. If you want subtle, plot and character development then look elsewhere if you want a good old fashioned guns going mental action flick then sit back and enjoy.
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Great action film and Eric Roberts was good in this shoot em up film. Acting by everyone else was fair at best by everyone else. If you are a Robertds fan --check it out!!!!!!Published 14 days ago by J. R Sategna
I really enjoyed this movie, but then, I am an Eric Roberts fan, so I may be a bit prejudiced. I bought the DVD because I know I will be watching it again. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary Robinson
Very good movie. If you're gonna make somebody retire, then let them go out with a bang!! I guess ex-hitman Merle Hench (Eric Roberts' character) was thinking about that quite... Read morePublished 17 months ago by EbonyB
ERIC ROBERTS AT HIS BEST! This is an awesome heavy hitting action film. I highly suggest this film since it has a very interesting story told brilliantly by an experienced and... Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Doug Kaplan
very good action movie for its time, I have always been a fan of eric roberts though wish he made more movies like this onePublished on December 17, 2013 by blake westerhold
This movie is well worth sitting still for an hour and a half. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Heck yeah!Published on August 30, 2013 by Grace
This is by no means a 4-star movie, but for whatever the reason I just like it! I don't know if it's the character acting, the over the top violence, the predictable story... Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Steve Alvarado