‘They left her for dead. Big mistake.’
Army of One is a 2020 American action thriller about a young woman taking vengeance against the drugs cartel that killed her husband.
Directed by Stephen Durham from a screenplay co-written by Mary Ann Barnes, David Dittlinger and Ellen Hollman, the movie stars Ellen Hollman (The Matrix 4), Matt Passmore (The Glades), Stephen Dunlevy (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Kendra Carelli (Guardians of the Galaxy).
While camping deep in the backwoods of Alabama a married couple, Dillon and Brenner Baker are out hiking when they stumble across an illegal drug and gun storage compound. Before they can flee the area the cartel captures and interrogates them painfully.
However, the cartel goons make two mistakes: they kill Dillon and think they killed Brenner. Now, 1st Lieutenant Brenner Baker of the Army’s 75th Ranger Division is on a one-woman killing mission carving up everyone in her path until there’s only one person standing, her. Brenner is, an Army of One!
“If you are revenge movie fanatic, Army of One checks off all the boxes to hit you in your revenge movie-loving feels. Hollman packs quite a wallop as the action hero and her physicality (along with the stunt team led by Stephen Dunlevy) is the highlight of Army of One.” Bulletproof Action
“While the plot isn’t a particularly dense one, Army of One is packed with scenes of action and suspense. It’s a Saturday night popcorn flick where you just want to watch bad guys die in the most vindictive ways possible. This one will give you that necessary spike of adrenaline and dopamine that makes for a fun revenge film.” Critical Blast
“This is not grand drama or thought-provoking oeuvre. All the same, director Stephen Durham has produced an efficient, gripping revenge movie that ticks all the boxes and kept me engrossed for the 90 minutes it took to watch it. Creds, too, to lead actor Ellen Hollman, who is rapidly gaining a reputation for action roles…” Eye for Film
“Army of One is an action-packed thriller with strong female lead performances. The love and care for its subject matter is evident across every area, and Ellen Hollman is an action star in the making […] Joining the ranks of other vigilante heroines as seen in films such as Peppermint, The Brave Ones, Coffy, and Kill Bill, Durham’s Army of One is an enjoyable ride of an action film that will leave you cheering and crying by its end.” Killer Horror Critic
“The limited budget is largely evident when daytime scenes transition into sunset or sunrise depending on the camera angle giving away the fact these segments were shot at different times. A few of the action scenes have some herky-jerky editing to accommodate the death blows or shots and they could have been a lot tighter. Army of One has a lot of problems, but its star isn’t one of them.” Lyles Movie Files
“Ellen Hollman in the leading role is great to watch, being the action heroine that makes the film stand out, with the physical performance needed during the fights. Matt Passmore along with the support cast all give us strong performance, even if some of the redneck figures might not have the strongest death reactions.” Movie Reviews 101
“I would have welcomed a secondary subplot to maintain the dynamic which can become repetitive and rather predictable very quickly. Admittedly I was very surprised when a particular baddie met his maker much earlier on than expected but otherwise, Army of One is a very polished low-budget action pic…” My Bloody Reviews
“The acting is great, with all of our redneck douche bags being pretty damn redneck-y and Hollman convincingly does portrays an “army of one”. So yeah Durham has nailed this one as far as I’m concerned. Obviously, Army of One has its flaws but you would have to be uber-nitpicky to have a go at them.” Nerdly
“Overall, if you love action, check out Army of One. It is fantastic with some really great acting. With a rewarding end, this is a film for any action fan. The fight scenes were superb, and Ellen Hollman is a star in this movie.” Pop Horror
” …it’s a pretty typical action movie plot, but one that is portrayed really well and all of the action sequences are top-notch and really fun to watch. This isn’t a Fast and Furious, John Wick, or Mission Impossible film… this is just a simple old school action movie with a lot of action and a decent story. You should definitely check it out.” Rotund Reviews
” …Army of One is first and foremost a very slick action movie that not only offers well-staged fight scenes but also is built upon a structure that allows build-up of tension and suspense. And when it comes to action, the film’s of the warts-and-all variety, with its protagonist being anything but invulnerable or infallible, with the deaths of many side characters coming as definite shocks.” Search My Trash
“Hollman’s star is beginning to rise in Hollywood and her skills are on full display here. Director, Stephen Durham did a fantastic job at keeping the action coming and the film moving at a nice pace. Army of One is going to be a surprise hit through strong word of mouth. It is an adrenalin-pumping action film that is sure to please all fans of the genre.” Video Views
“The highlight is a one-take fight scene that starts with Brenner telling Emily that she plans to “clean house”. The film leaves room for a potential sequel and hopefully, this will be the case. Army of One has a badass female heroine, nothing exploitative, and some frenetic fight scenes with Ellen Hollman leading the way as the next big female action hero.” World Film Geek
In the USA, Army of One was unleashed on VOD on December 15, 2020, by Uncork’d Entertainment
Cast and characters:
Ellen Hollman … Brenner Baker
Matt Passmore … Dillon Baker
Stephen Dunlevy … Hank
Kendra Carelli … Emily
Barry Hanley … Lance
Gary Kasper … Butch
Cameron Bowen … Jesse
Geraldine Singer … Mama
Duke Jackson … Cleetus
Casey Hendershot … Earl
Debbie Sheridan … Connie
Aviel Ayoung … Drill Sergeant
Stephanie Lynn Styles … Sheriff Dispatcher
HemDee Kiwanuka … Dean
Michael Konanec … Carl
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1
Not to be confused with the 2016 comedy film Army of One that stars Nicolas Cage and Russell Brand.
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