THE MISFITS (2021) Reviews of Renny Harlin’s heist thriller with Pierce Brosnan

 

‘They’re not bad guys. They just steal from them’

The Misfits is a 2021 American action thriller about a renowned criminal recruited by a group of unconventional thieves for a gold heist.

Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2; Cliffhanger; The Long Kiss Goodnight; Deep Blue Sea; A Nightmare on Elm Street 4) from a screenplay co-written with Robert Henny and Kurt Wimmer, based on Henny’s story.

The movie stars Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Chung, Tim Roth, Hermione Corfield and Nick Cannon.

Plot:

Even a federal maximum-security prison can’t hold Richard Pace (Pierce Brosnan), a brilliant international thief. But his daring escape and high-octane car chase, eluding the FBI and police, ends with him being scooped up by The Misfits, a band of modern-day Robin Hoods.

Led by the eccentric and charismatic Ringo (Nick Cannon) with Violet (Jamie Chung), the Prince (Rami Jaber), and Wick (Mike Angelo) with Pace’s daughter Hope (Hermione Corfield)- a mysterious group who do devious things for all the right reasons.

The skilled group convinces Pace to join them to pull off the heist of the century: stealing millions in gold bars kept under one of the most secure prisons on earth, owned by rogue businessman Schultz (Tim Roth), and used for funding terrorist groups worldwide.

Aside from the money, Pace wants revenge against Schultz, the man behind his incarceration. From LA to Abu Dhabi, it will take supercharged engines, forged identities, multiple cons, camels, nitro…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …this is not a film most critics will embrace. They will find more faults than I have. I can almost guarantee it. I also have a feeling the audience that decides to watch will mostly enjoy. Pierce Brosnan fans will get their 007 kick, Nick Cannon fans will be Nick Cannon fans and Renny Harlin fans will be remembering the past.” Bulletproof Action

“As with most action films, the story is just an excuse to connect a parade of action sequences together in a way that more-or-less makes sense. Watch the film and you’ll have at least a few questions about exactly how some of the story elements were supposed to happen but if you’re looking that closely, you might be missing the point of the film entirely.” Dad at the Movies

“Not even a spurt of action towards the end can spark some life into this one. It’s often messy and unclear what the characters want to do with the gold […] and the heist itself has no urgency or stakes […] Unfortunately, the movie is so bad it’s terrible, not cheaply made entertainingly.” Flickering Myth

Release:

In the USA, Paramount will release The Misfits theatrically on June 11th, then on VOD on June 15th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Pierce Brosnan … Pace
Jamie Chung … Violet
Tim Roth … Schultz
Hermione Corfield … Hope
Nick Cannon … Ringo
Gonzalo Menendez … FBI Powell
Mike Angelo … Wick
Rami Jaber … The Prince
David Batchelor … Russian Mafia Goon
Mark Chinnery … Bank Manager
Media Shaikh Abdul Ahad … VIP guest (as Abdul Ahad)
Sam Kalidi … Mansoor
Ahmed El-Mawas … FBI Agent
Adam Stone … Prince’s Bodyguard
Mansoor Alfeeli … Abu Hirawa

Filming locations:

Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Los Angeles, California

Filming dates:

Photography began on 21st February 2019.

Trailer: