A Score to Settle – USA, 2019 – reviews

‘Revenge is coming’

A Score to Settle is a 2019 Canadian-American thriller feature film about an aged criminal taking vengeance on his former gang members

Directed by Shawn Ku (Beautiful Boy) from a screenplay written by John Stuart Newman, the Goldrush Entertainment production stars Nicolas Cage, Benjamin Bratt, Noah Le Gros, Mohamed Karim, Karolina Wydra and Ian Tracey.


Diagnosed with a fatal condition, Frankie Carver (Nicolas Cage) is released from prison after serving nineteen years of his sentence. With only a short time left to live, Frankie must desperately try to make amends with the son he left behind while he plots a bloody course of revenge – tracking down his old gang to make them pay one by one…


Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Cage gives what he can to the low-budget endeavor, but director Shawn Ku (Beautiful Boy) can’t shake the stiffness of the effort, which buries a few of its better ideas with crude filmmaking and lackluster casting.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

“Frankly, there is not enough Cage being Cage in A Score to Settle. When it comes to ripping off famous films, Utilitarian screenwriter John Stuart Newman makes some bold choices, but it still doesn’t amount to much.” Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins


A Score to Settle is a somewhat hazy and meandering story of betrayal, regret, and revenge. But while it isn’t necessarily a solid thriller, Cage still manages to keep it interesting. So, especially if you’re a Nicolas Cage fan, it could still be worth checking out.” Kristin Dreyer Kramer, Nights and Weekends 

“The movie does gain in stature just by letting Cage be Cage. When he’s riding in a car right after his release, Frank rolls down the window feeling a breeze on his face. Cage puts on that “shine sweet freedom” expression he used at the end of Con Air. If you’re a fan of the actor, this is a moment when all is right in the world.” Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com


A Score to Settle once again shows why Nicolas Cage can be a force to reckon with. He gives out another winning performance with minimal insanity as a man who not only has a score to settle, but attempts to reconnect with his son. Look out to see Cage even play the piano during a somber moment in the film.” World Film Geek

Main cast and characters:

  • Nicolas Cage … Frank
  • Benjamin Bratt … Q
  • Noah Le Gros … Joey
  • Mohamed Karim … Jimmy
  • Karolina Wydra … Simone
  • Ian Tracey … Tank

Technical details:

103 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

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