.45

Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

UK DVD: DNC Entertainment Ltd
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Steophen Dorff, Angus McFadyen, Aisha Tyler, Sarah Strange
Director: Gary Lennon
UK Certificate: 18 contains very strong language and strong violence
UK DVD Release Date: 28 January 2008

With a title like .45 and starring Milla Jovovich I have to admit I expected a kick ass revenge thriller. My bad, as in reality .45 is a story about a battered wife, or at least girlfriend, whom everyone seems to want while she stays with her violent partner.

.45 has an excellent and talented cast, all of whom put in their best efforts to make a watchable movie. Unfortunately however the films direction buries the actors efforts into the ground.

Whilst the film does show Milla’s central character Kat getting beaten down, surviving and becoming a stronger person, the whole way the story, if you can call it that, is presented ruins any chance of even wanting to sit through to the end.

One of the most irritating things is the way the scenes are broken up by the cutting away for various characters to talk directly to the camera. I’m not sure what the director was trying to achieve with this, was it supposed to be arty or just a way to pad out the running time with unnecessary background information and comment. This totally ruined any flow the film could possibly have had.

There really is no story to .45, just wasted talent on screen acting out some scenes. Unless you’re desperate to see Milla Jovovich getting semi naked and talking dirty, give this film a wide miss.

1 out of 6 stars

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