Tuesday 25 July 2023

REVIEW: God Is a Bullet (2023) - Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe, and Jamie Foxx

New intense American action thriller "God Is a Bullet" hit the screens, brought to life through the creative vision of writer and director Nick Cassavetes. The film boasts a stellar cast, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe, and Jamie Foxx. Drawing inspiration from Boston Teran's 1999 novel of the same name, it takes audiences on a gripping journey.

The story revolves around Detective Bob Hightower (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who is faced with a heart-wrenching tragedy when he discovers that his ex-wife has been brutally murdered, and his teenage daughter has been abducted by a sinister satanic cult. Driven by an unwavering determination, Hightower decides to confront the cult himself, not waiting for authorities to act. With courage and resilience, he dauntlessly ventures into the secretive world of the cult, desperate to rescue his daughter from their clutches.

In this dangerous mission, Hightower finds an unlikely ally in Case Hardin (Maika Monroe), a brave woman who had managed to escape from the clutches of the cult in the past. Together, they form a powerful alliance, pooling their strength and knowledge to penetrate the cult's sinister activities. As they delve deeper into the enigmatic workings of the cult, they uncover disturbing secrets and a web of deception that runs deep.

An enigmatic figure known as "The Ferryman," (Jamie Foxx with faked vitiligo) a mysterious "social renegade," emerges to aid Hightower and Hardin in their quest. This shadowy character brings an air of intrigue to the narrative, leaving audiences guessing about his true motives and allegiance.

The mission becomes a race against time as Hightower, Hardin, and The Ferryman navigate a perilous path, braving dangers at every turn. They must not only rescue Hightower's daughter from the clutches of the cult but also seek justice and closure for Hardin, who has suffered at the hands of the cult and its deranged leader, Cyrus (Karl Glusman).

Amidst heart-pounding action, emotional twists, and intense suspense, "God Is a Bullet" takes viewers on an unforgettable journey, exploring themes of sacrifice, redemption, and the unyielding strength of the human spirit when faced with unspeakable evil.

The Good
A strong story and a great cast, help lift this film up to be something more than the sum of its parts.

Jamie Foxx probably steals the show with his charismatic performance as "The Ferryman". His entire look is just striking.

The Bad
Can a film have too much character development? Yes, and this film is guilty of that. It was too long, with much of that time being filled with character development, usually I wouldn't complain about such things, plus some characters could be removed from the film entirely and you wouldn't notice.

A decent if overly long film. If you like a film that feels like part road movie, part gritty action thriller, and you have an entire evening to spare, then this is the film for you.

I score God Is a Bullet a fair 7/10