Running Time: 99 mins
Director: Uwe Boll
Starring: Dominic Purcell, Erin Karpluk, Edward Furlong
Genre: Thriller, Action
Writer/Director Uwe Boll turns his attentions to the financial collapse, convulse and shite itself, the world experienced beginning 2008 (to present) in an Action/Thriller that demonstrates why it’s only Zombies, Nazis and Bankers we can brutally slaughter on-screen and still feel good about ourselves as human beings.
|Dom really loves Bring Your Gun to Work Day|
Purcell (Prison Break) plays Jim, a blue collar security worker in New York who’s struggling to keep the money coming in as his wife goes through cancer treatment with a shitty HMO and a nest-egg that’s leaking worse than a frightened granny on a roller-coaster. As Wall Street attempts to save themselves at the cost of the little man, Purcell finally calls “bullshit” and applies his military training to extract the pound of flesh he’s owed.
|"This is a scan of your brain... and THIS is a scan of your|
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Boll’s Man on Fire meets Wall Street has a lot going for it. The relationship between Purcell and Karpluk is incredibly touching, genuinely heart-felt and their struggle is one that the audience really connects with, without ever feeling like they’re being manipulated into caring for these people. There’s a genuine emotional, and psychological strain on their relationship which boils down entirely to money and it’s one that most of us can relate to. Linc “The Sink” Purcell demonstrates some real depth in his performance. Being a bloke of his size, it’s easy for the minimalism called for by the character to be lost in his stature but he’s able to play a character that, though may not always be likable, is certainly understandable. Furlong, Keith David and Michael Paré round out his friend circle with some under-written yet well performed pals but it’s John Heard as Wall Street Sleazoid Jeremy Stancroft that steals the show (alongside several million Americas retirement).
|Greed is good and entitles you to one free bullet in the chest.|
Boll takes the time to explore the effects of financial meltdown before we come to “The Action”. It’s a brave move as many of his followers may be expecting a little less in the way of construct and a lot more destruction but he really earns the blood and guts that’s coming. Whether there’s an argument there to say “OK, so they fucked us all up and we’ve had to give them more of our money to cover the money of ours they lost but is all this necessary?” is an argument for someone else. The message of Assault on Wall Street is ‘if you steal enough money you become untouchable’ and the business practices on International Banking has certainly proved that one to be true. Purcell’s Jim, like the world as a whole, has been pushed to a point where it’s almost OK to gun down an entire building of two-tone shirts because contrary to what Gordon Gekko has taught us, greed is not good. Greed is all too often the exploitation of those whose voice is neither loud enough or important enough for the powerful to take notice.
I might be biased… so what?! I really enjoyed Assault on Wall Street. Yes, there are character issues. There are certainly morality grey areas and lapses into generic devices but at the core of it is a call for the Western World to hold those accountable that are accountable regardless of the sway they might have. Comparisons to Joel Schumacher’s Fallen Down might only do it damage (as it’s not quite there) but it does demonstrate the same “enough is enough” attitude that must be adopted when dealing with institutional corruption if we are to avoid this happening again. Solid work, Uwe!