GASOLINE ALLEY (2022) Reviews of Bruce Willis, Devon Sawa crime thriller

  

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‘Justice gets dirty’

Gasoline Alley is a 2022 American crime thriller about an ex-con implicated in the triple homicide of three Hollywood starlets. He begins his own investigation and, needing assistance, enlists the two detectives on his tail in order to expose a conspiracy more explosive than any of them imagined.

Directed by Edward Drake (American Siege; ApexCosmic SinBroil) from a screenplay co-written with Tom Sierchio. Produced by Jon Keeyes, Corey Large and Tom Sierchio.

The movie stars Bruce Willis (American Siege; ApexMidnight in the SwitchgrassOut of DeathHard KillCosmic SinBreachDie Hard franchise) Devon Sawa (Black Friday; Hunter Hunter; The Fanatic; Final Destination), Luke Wilson (Cosmic Sin; Zombieland: Double Tap), Kat Foster, Kenny Wormald and Sufe Bradshaw.

The soundtrack score was composed by Scott Currie (American Siege).

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Plot:

In Hollywood, three starlets have been murdered in a triple homicide. Jimmy Jayne (Devon Sawa), a reformed ex-con, is the prime suspect who will stop at nothing to prove his innocence.

Homicide detectives Freeman (Bruce Willis) and Vargas (Luke Wilson) are close on his tail as Jimmy takes on his own investigation, risking his life in the dark underbelly of L.A…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“There are some interesting lighting tricks, but the actual plot is constantly working against itself. Gasoline Alley teases lots of fun ideas but does not deliver on any of them. Even the big twist at the end is telegraphed and half-hearted. Unless you are a Bruce Willis completionist – which gets more difficult with each passing month – there is no point in watching this.” AIPT

“Sawa is definitely trying, knowing what kind of movie he’s in and selling the fall-guy archetype with moments of no-f*cks-to-give volatility. Wilson comes in hot, immediately ruffling Jimmy’s feathers […] Willis looks like he just woke up from a nap before every scene. Putting in what is a barely functional performance of grimaces, nods, the occasional line but no inner life, his phoned-in apathy is transparent even without a lie detector test.” The Artful Critic

” …the script is lifeless, frustratingly not coming up with anything to say about Hollywood culture, sex trafficking, and homicide. It mixes all these elements as if it will make a more significant point, only to limp along with no tension. To Drake’s credit, he plays around with neon lighting and has two actors turning in decent performances (Sawa and Wilson), but it doesn’t necessarily make any of this tolerable.” Flickering Myth

“Sawa sucks down a lot of smokes, wears a lot of black and gives the lead role a good old college try. But the lifeless script, the aimlessness that drifts from scene to scene and the eye-rolling cliche of a payoff and finale give away a movie that’s running on fumes, not ideas […] no one will remember anything except Bruce Willis was in it, he was bad and the picture was worse.” Movie Nation

“The plot goes off into a conspiracy involving Hollywood elites, wannabe actresses being trafficked as hookers and murder […] Drake and co-writer Tom Sierchio (The Girl Who Invented Kissing, Untamed Heart) seem determined to make everything as bland and dull as possible. It’s only in the last few minutes that Gasoline Alley works up any kind of energy and we get a halfway decent fight and shootout.” Voices from the Balcony

Release:

In the US, Saban Films will release Gasoline Alley theatrically in select locations and On-Demand (VOD) on February 25th 2022.

Cast and characters:

Bruce Willis … Detective Bill Freeman
Devon Sawa … Jimmy Jayne
Luke Wilson … Detective Freddy Vargas
Kat Foster … Christine
Kenny Wormald … Dennis Bourje
Sufe Bradshaw … Eleanor Rigby
Steve Eastin … Captain Lew Ferry
Rick Salomon … Percy Muleeny
Adam Potter … Officer Pete
Angie Pack … Detective Vargas’ Ex-Wife
Vernon Davis … Kaiser the Bouncer
Tracy Curry … Dr Feelgood
Irina Antonenko … Star
Ash Adams … Frank Flosso
Chris Cleveland … Mike
Mike Dargatis … Carlos
Johnny Dowers … Erasmus Alcindor
Billy Jack Harlow … Roy
Carrington Brooke Durham … Giselle
Hope Golds … Lana

Technical details:

1 hour 37 minutes

Trailer:

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