Standoff Movie Info:.
Carter (Thomas Jane), a troubled veteran who gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from an assassin after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl’s life.
Director: Adam Alleca.
Writer: Adam Alleca.
Stars: Thomas Jane, Laurence Fishburne, Ella Ballentine.
I got interested in this movie when I knew that Laurence Fishburne would be acting as a merciless, professional assassin. He was following a little girl who photographed him while he was busy in completing a mission to assassinate three people. The girl seeks help from Carter, a troubled veteran who blames himself for the tragic death of his little boy. His wife left him and now he lives alone in a secluded house, grieving over what happened and trying to forget it by excessive drinking. This is the house where the whole thrilling drama unfolds.
Despite some moments of pure thrill and drama, there are serious loopholes in the story. As a result the extraordinary skills from both the main characters fails to make it a great movie. I feel sorry for Laurence Fishburne whom I very much admire for his grand performances in different movies, especially the Matrix. I don’t know what forced him to take part in such an average movie. The whole drama is woven with very weak threads, lacking logical explanations for some very important points plus a bad direction by Adam Alleca.
After being wounded, Carter takes his position at a place which is open for Sade. He doesn’t try to hide behind the door and makes himself fully exposed to danger by sitting outside the room right where stairs end. It makes him a sitting duck which is unlikely for a veteran soldier to do. Most of the time, he doesn’t remain alert to the danger lurking downstairs. This is one big example of bad direction which makes it an unnatural thriller.