"Dangerous is shaky in its setup but competent in its payoffs"
Dangerous’ premise feels ripe for b-movie material at worst or in the same vein as The Accountant at best. I am thankful to report, for both those interested in the film and my own viewing experience, it’s slightly better than the latter!
Directed by David Hackl, who also directed Saw V and Into the Grizzly Maze (which looks like a masterpiece), the direction of Dangerous is shaky in its setup but competent in its payoffs. The look of the film, the mannerisms of the characters, the action sequences, and the touches of comedy are well-blended together to create a delightful viewing experience. What’s funny is actually funny and what’s shocking is actually shocking, and we feel sympathy for the characters we need to feel sympathy for and the film manages to be emotionally cohesive thanks to its directorial choices.
Scott Eastwood plays Dee, a reformed sociopath trying to reconnect with society and attend his brother’s funeral. However, a crime lord is targeting both him and his family and may hold the answer to how Dee’s brother died.
A first-time viewing may feel a little strange in the first half, but the second half totally nails it and leads to a satisfying ending. There isn’t anything avant-garde about it, it’s just pure action-movie goodness with a cohesive narrative and interesting characters and that’s all it’s trying to be. Props to the creators for knowing their strengths and weaknesses.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
Though all the performances are believable, some of the dialogue leaves a bit to be desired. Sometimes it comes off as stilted or forced instead of relying on silence or, at least, better phrasing. Still, every actor knocks it out of the park, especially Kevin Durand as a slimmer, more menacing Elon Musk. I’m not the only one who sees the similarity, right?
VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:
To top off the decent cinematography and lighting, what little visual effects there are blend in naturally. The creators made sure to use them sparingly and with purpose, and it works here in spades. In terms of hair, make-up, and wardrobe, every character besides the nameless goons has a distinct style to them that makes them recognizable, with subtle details that are constantly changing as time passes.
MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
Though the score itself doesn’t come to mind, nothing felt out of place and accurately displayed the emotion of the scene. The sound design is great, too, which I’m sure we as viewers always hope for in a film with gun-based combat. Every bullet pops with life, I guess you could say.
There’s something about these films in the vein of The Accountant where a non-neurotypical protagonist leads an action flick that would appeal to most dads, and this is no different. As mentioned, the main character here is a reforming sociopath and it was an interesting change of pace to see that particular disorder in the role of the hero instead of the villain.
This may come out a bit too early for Father’s Day, but maybe you can sneak it in for a Thanksgiving viewing!
DANGEROUS is in Cinemas & VOD - November 5th!