Assault On Wall Street (2013)

Director: Uwe Boll

Synopsis: Assault on Wall Street is the story of Jim Baxford (Dominic Purcell) and his wive Rosie Baxford (Erin Karpluk), who have fallen on hard times due to Rosie’s battle with cancer coupled with shady investment deals and a sub-prime mortgage. The Baxford’s are flat broke and about to lose everything. Rosie blames herself and feels it is her fault that she got sick and caused this hardship. Things turn worse when Jim, ex-military, now armored car guard loses his job because of his financial issues. Meanwhile Rosie’s guilt is too much for her to bear and she decides to take her own life. After Jim finds Rosie dead, his grief turns to anger towards all who help create this financial burden that drove Rosie to kill herself. Jim starts systematically targeting bankers, attorneys, and hedge fund managers. After knocking-off several of the big fish in the financial world that have been taking advantage of the little guys, he sets his sights on the C.E.O. of the company that lost his money with its shady deals. Jim launches an all out assault on this company, killing any and all employees that he sees. Eventually Jim works his way up to the C.E.O’s office and has a very clever plan not only to eliminate the C.E.O. but to also get away with it.

Review: This film was better than I thought it would be. It had a lot of cliches and familiar story lines that are in action movies but, it was also new in the sense that the movie wants the audience to feel good that the main character is killing the “bad guys” some of who happen to be just employees that work for the companies that screwed him over. The movie had a few surprises that I didn’t see coming which I believe helped me like this movie more than I thought. The acting was just so-so and the small budget for this film is evident, they reuse a lot of settings and the effects where sub-par. I think what was good about this film was that it showed a man that has been pushed to the edge and usually you can predict what happens next, but with this film he went on an all out killing spree that was shocking but not off putting, leaving the viewer torn about how they feel about the main character. If the director/writer could have avoided even more cliches than he did, I think it would have been even better. Some sub-genres that this film might fall into would be, revenge films, corruption movies , and shoot em’ up flicks.

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