Blu-ray Review: REPRISAL

REPRISAL was directed by Brian A. Miller from a screenpay by Bryce Hammons and stars Frank Grillo, Bruce Willis, Johnathon Schaech, Olivia Culpo, Natalia Sophie Butler, Uncle Murda, Natali Yura and Colin Egglesfield.

After surviving a brutal armed robbery, a Cincinnati father teams with his ex-cop neighbor to track down the killer and avenge the assault. Jacob (Frank Grillo), a bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a coworker, teams up with his ex-cop neighbor, James (Bruce Willis), to bring down the assailant. While the two men work together to figure out the thief’s next move, Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech), the highly trained criminal, is one step ahead. When Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter, Jacob barrels down a path of bloodshed that initiates an explosive counterattack, bringing all three men to the breaking point.

Reprisal follows Jacob, this bank manager who’s branch ends up getting robbed by Gabriel, a ruthless thief and he ends up getting put on leave from the bank while the feds investigate the crime. While he’s off he recruits the help of his neighbor James who happens to be a retired cop and the two of them decide to do their own private investigation to see if they can find out who this guy is. They find a clue and Jacob decides to see if it pays off and it leads him directly to Gabriel’s hideout where he practices his robberies.

This clue ends up leading to a face off with the highly skilled crook that ends up getting the upper hand on the curious banker because he in turn finds out who his shadow is so he decides to drag Jacob’s wife and daughter into the equation but the old neighbor is quick to think and is ready to counter Gabriel’s move with his own plus he has some backup. In the end, Jacob’s old reliable neighbor does what he’s best at and takes down the violent thief and retrieves his wife and daughter for him.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Reprisal was an okay heist-thriller but nothing really special. The story deals with this bank manager who’s dealing with his own personal financial issues because of a family illness but it also focuses on this thief who is a master at his craft and holds a grudge at the government for what it did to his father so that’s why he’s going around robbing these selected targets. The best part about this movie is the talented cast even though Frank Grillo was miscast as a bank manager because he usually plays a tough guy. Johnathan Schaech does a great job as this skilled thief who’s also a ruthless killer. Bruce Willis had previously worked with director Brian A. Miller on Vice and The Prince which were also Lionsgate releases so the veteran action star has sort of become the go-to guy for these kind of violent action-thrillers that get released a few times a year and this one is the latest. Reprisal will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on October 16th and is good enough for a one time watch.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making-of featurette and insightful cast and crew interviews giving an inside look at what it took to make this thrilling film, trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Making Reprisal” featurette (09:29)
  • Cast and Crew Interviews (26:27)
  • Reprisal Trailer (02:18)
  • Digital Copy


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