9 BULLETS (2022) Reviews of Lena Headey action crime thriller

  

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9 Bullets is a 2022 American action thriller film about a young woman who goes on the run to save a boy from her ex-lover, a crime boss.

Written, co-produced and directed by Gigi Gaston. Also produced by Wendy Benge, Howard C. Deshong, Cassian Elwes, Michael D. Jones, Veronica Radaelli, Jijo Reed, Drew Ann Rosenberg and Tommy Thompson.

The Foresight Entertainment-Pop Films-Screen Media Films production stars Lena Headey, Dean Scott Vazquez, Sam Worthington, Cam Gigandet and Barbara Hershey.

Plot:
A former burlesque dancer turned author (Lena Headey) discovers a second chance at life and redemption when she risks everything to rescue her young neighbour after he witnesses his parents’ murder.

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Now on the run from the local crime boss (Sam Worthington), who happens to be her longtime ex, she makes a desperate attempt to get the boy to safety…

Release:
In the United States, 9 Bullets is scheduled to be released theatrically and On-Demand (VOD) by Screen Media Films on April 22, 2022.

Reviews:
“Despite a positively brisk running time, the audience is so far ahead of the characters that nothing is surprising. And after the premise’s set-up, modulating tone quickly becomes an issue […] Action-heavy sequences, like Gypsy’s graveyard pursuit and a climactic shootout in a synagogue parking lot, are poorly executed with subpar cinematography and choppy editing.” AV Club

” …writer/director Gigi Gaston keeps things painfully uneventful in 9 Bullets, which stumbles through emotional exchanges with banal characters, brought to life through dreadful performances. It’s a difficult sit, with Gaston making a weird creative decision to blend Disney-style storytelling with moldy B-movie cliches, ending up with a messy snoozer that often plays like there wasn’t a completed screenplay during filming.” 2/10 Blu-ray.com

“The conclusion of the film is quite predictable but still satisfying. In the end, Lena Headey’s performance and the development of her character Gypsy are the highlights of 9 Bullets, but she, along with the film itself, is weighed down by the poor writing.” 2 out of 4, Film Festival Today

“The stakes here might appear to be straightforward, but Gaston almost goes out of the way to undermine, convolute, or confuse them for no reason. For that matter, the whole of 9 Bullets is confused, constantly undermining its intentions and leaving us confounded about its purpose.” 1 out of 4 Mark Reviews Movies

“And as an action thriller, which is how it’s being marketed, 9 Bullets leaves a lot to be desired […] Maybe if Gaston hadn’t kept undercutting potentially tense moments with jokes or tried to stuff too many influences and ideas into what should have been a simple thriller 9 Bullets might have been tolerable.” 1 out of 5 Voices from the Balcony

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