BOON (2022) Reviews for Neal McDonough crime thriller – new release!

  

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Boon is a 2022 American crime thriller about an ex-mercenary who hooks up with a widow to face off against the local kingpin. The movie is a sequel to Red Stone (2021).

Directed by Derek Presley (Red Stone; WhitetailCronusOuija 3: The Charlie Charlie Challenge) from a screenplay co-writer with co-producer Neal McDonough. Also produced by Stephen Endelman, Ruve McDonough and Jason Starne.

The Muscular Puppy production stars Neal McDonough (Red Stone; Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City; Apex; Ravenous), Tommy Flanagan, Christina Ochoa, Christiane Seidel, Jason Scott Lee, James Madio and Demetrius Grosse.

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Plot:
Mercenary Nick Boon (Neal McDonough) is trying to atone for his past life as an enforcer for a ruthless syndicate. Running from his past, Boon moves to a remote area in the Pacific Northwest where he meets a struggling widow (Christiane Seidel) and her son.

When he finds them living in fear of a criminal kingpin (Tommy Flanagan), Boon realises the only way to protect them is to do what he does best: kill.

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Reviews:
“A story can get away with being formulaic if it gives the audience some sort of rooting interest. The heroes are defined in loose terms while the criminals are all one-note. The film provides enough action but somehow lacks the energy.” AIPT

” …Presley can’t knock the airlessness out of the feature, which doesn’t have much enthusiasm for the one-man-army subgenre. The writers are looking to westerns as their influence, but when the budget is this low and the star power this minimal, it’s best to go crazy with action, which this picture tries to avoid until the final act.” 5/10 Blu-ray.com

“The sparse dialogue for the minimalist story results in a film that leaves us with an annoying religious redemption message, some bad acting and a contrived plot. It’s an old-fashioned action pic like the ones that Charles Bronson made back in the day (only not as good as were those bad films).” Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

“There is meager action compared to the previous installment, and the plot has quite a resemblance. It seems that the movie is inclined towards showcasing that our main character is an adept hitman. At some points, it does provide a rooting interest, but the characters are loosely knit. Overall, this movie is watchable only if you want to find out more about Boon…Digital Mafia Talkies

Boon’s biggest problem is the pacing. The ingredients are firmly locked in for a compelling action drama. A hitman seeking solace, a widow and child in need from gangsters and a federal agent tracking him down. Somehow, the stew never quite settles in […] Boon features a lot of staring in the distance in place of solid character development.” Lyles Movie Files

“There’s more care put into bodies being yanked backwards by a shotgun blast, and in McDonough’s fedora and turtle-neck hitman attire, than in any scene or exchange of dialogue in the script […] The big shootout is big enough, but is there enough leading up to it to make us suspend disbelief, invest in characters and care? I think not.” Movie Nation

Related:

RED STONE (2021) Reviews of crime thriller with Neal McDonough

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