The Enforcer (2022)

Antonio Banderas, Kate Bosworth, Mojean Aria, Zolee Griggs,
An enforcer has to sacrifice everything to save a young girl he has befriended from his femme fatale boss who is involved in cybersex trafficking.
  • 5.2 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2022-09-25 Added:
  • W. Peter Iliff, Writer:
  • Richard Hughes, Director:
  • Natalie Burn, Jeffrey Greenstein, Yariv Lerner, Robert Van Norden, Producer:


7 / 10

Banderas carries the film

Some of the external reviews say this film is "predictable." Not really a fair criticism, all films are predictable in that they all have a beginning a middle and an end. They all tell a story. The real issue is, is the film entertaining, does it hold the attention, does it connect? In this one, Banderas plays the semi-retired hitman feeling pangs of regret, trying to do the right thing. Similar to 1995's Assassins, where he played opposite Stallone. Does the film work? Yes? Mainly because of his star power, good direction, editing, casting. He makes you care about what happens next. Above average. Recommended. ((Designated "IMDb Top Reviewer." Please check out my list "167+ Nearly-Perfect Movies (with the occasional Anime or TV miniseries) you can/should see again and again (1932 to the present))

6 / 10

its not a bad film...

But its not outstanding in any matter, its projects that ''starting to get worn out'' actors do, when the ka-ching busters are way in the past, just to survive, a enforcer and his apprentice, with a little bit fighting, a little bit violence, a little bit gore and a little bit of love and emotions. Its mostly flat on caracter development, and youll have to be deep in the dark to eventually pick up the code of the language used. Also the end part where somewhat abrubt and storyless, they couldve made more there and quit some nonsense erotic scenes that plotwise where pretty much used as a timefiller.

But nevertheless, mr banderas saves the pieces of glory in the end, he has still the voice and the demeanors to act as a keg of black powder, the grumpy old man just wonder if he speaks so gebrochent english in real life??? A small recommend.

4 / 10

Crime thriller that has been done again and again ....

Nothing wrong with the plot being that common, if it is done right.

It gets 4 stars, because i watched from start to end, but I felt like giving up constantly.. Its far too slow paced and isnt really that engaging.

Yo could skip the first 70 minutes and you'll get all the action, and enough story to undesrstand what was all about. It could have been a short film (~25 min) and acomplished the same, and more.

Banderas did a good job, but the rest of the cast was just mediocre. The dialogue was dull and felt forced most of the time.

For me at least, felt like a waste of time and most likely i will just forget about it pretty soon.

9 / 10

Not a perfect film, but wow, what a fun ride, especially the last act.

First thing, the casting and performances were outstanding. Every actor fit their character perfectly and were convincing and relatable. I can't recall any film that had such a diverse set of colorful characters that worked as well together as they did in this film. Clearly Banderas was the standout with his perfect performance. 2 Chainz nailed his role, as did newb actor Luke Bouchier as Pay-check. Mojean Aria as Stray in his first lead role also fit his character perfectly. I could go on about every cast member, but when you see this film, I doubt you can think of any actor being replaceable by someone else - they were just that perfectly cast, kudos to the casting director.

What impressed me next was the near perfect directing (especially cast direction) from newb filmmaker Richard Hughes, who makes his first full length feature film debut, with only three previous short films on his resume. Every scene was captured beautifully in a modern day Miami neo-noir style with excellent cinematography and set pieces. Hughes' cast direction was as good as any seasoned director, especially considering there were many newb and B list actors.

The screenplay by W. Peter Iliff had some pacing issues, especially in the first act, as well as some plot and technical issues. I felt the first and second act was too slow and unremarkable, and the introduction of Banderas' character to Zolee Griggs' character was too stretched out, while the last act felt too rushed, and I wanted more. But the real flaw was Kate Bosworth's character that felt way too cliched and focused on her too much, with too little focus on Mark Rhino Smith's character. When the spotlight was on him, he shined, but on Bosworth, it was too cheesy and animated, especially her dialogue and body language. Rarely do I complain about the runtime being too short, but for the flew-by 90 min runtime, I wanted more of the second and final acts. The soundtrack and score were excellent, and I love the throwback theme song Everybodys Got To Learn Sometime by The Korgis.

With so many slim pickings of entertaining films these days, this film was a great watch, even with the few rookie flaws and writing issues. I applaud all the cast and Hughes for this little gem. I feel the critics were too hard on this film; it has some great action, amazing casting and performances, and a good story, and I will be watching it again for sure. It's a well deserved 8.5 rounded up to a 9/10 from me. To see more of my 1400+ reviews and 2600+ ratings including my evaluation system, visit my user profile.

5 / 10

A decent crime thriller

Recently it seems like Antonio Banderas has taken the same DTV route as many other aging action stars like Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, John Travolta etc making mediocre DTV movies for a big paycheck.

The Enforcer isn't the worst movie DTV movie I've seen this year but it's not the best either. Kate Bosworth and rapper "2 Chains" essentially have extended cameos here that don't amount to much. Banderas is the real star here and for it's worth he actually is in this movie for a majority of it and puts effort into the role.

Unfortunately despite Banderas giving his full effort "The Enforcer" is a mediocre crime thriller with a played out redemption story that we've all seen too many times by this point.