DETECTIVE KNIGHT: ROGUE Reviews of Bruce Willis, Lochlyn Munro crime thriller

  

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Detective Knight: Rogue is a 2022 American crime thriller about a veteran cop in pursuit of the armed robbers who shot his partner dead.

Written and directed by Edward Drake (Gasoline Alley; American SiegeApexCosmic SinBroil) from a storyline co-written with producer Corey Large (White Elephant; Gasoline Alley; American SiegeApex) who also co-stars.

Executive produced by Mykel Denis, Stephen J. Eads, Matthew Helderman, Johnny Messner and Luke Taylor.

Detective Knight: Rogue is the first entry in a trilogy. The second film, Detective Knight: Redemption, is set in the Christmas season and focuses on a prison break led by The Christmas Bomber. The third movie of the series, Detective Knight: Independence, follows Knight as he tries to stop a vigilante on Independence Day.

The BondIt Media Capital-Buffalo 8 Productions-Lionsgate co-production also stars Bruce Willis (Wire Room; White Elephant; Gasoline Alley; American SiegeApexMidnight in the SwitchgrassOut of DeathHard KillCosmic SinBreachDie Hard franchise), Lochlyn Munro (Totally Killer; Margaux; Cosmic SinInitiationBroilJurassic Predator: XtinctionPenance), Jimmy Jean-Louis, Michael Eklund, Johnny Messner, Lekeeya Kinghorn aka Keeya King, Miranda Edwards, Trevor Gretzky, Xzavier Estrada, Brayden Dalmazzone, Jessica Rose, Joe Munroe, Dax Campbell, Eric Weiss, Cesar Miramontes and Scott Cargle.

Plot synopsis:
Veteran Detective James Knight (Bruce Willis) is dedicated to navigating the demanding streets of Los Angeles. As the city prepares for Halloween, mask-wearing armed robbers critically wound Knight’s partner during a shootout following a heist.

With Knight in hot pursuit, the bandits flee L.A. for New York, where the detective’s dark past collides with his present case and threatens to tear his world apart… unless redemption can claim Knight first.

Reviews:
“The whole idea of a hardcore crime picture involving the lifting of trading cards should be enough to get a pulse going in Detective Knight: Rogue, but Drake isn’t strong enough of a moviemaker to pursue pure oddity. He’s too comfortable with formula and repetition to challenge himself with this tale of revenge…” 1.5 out of 5 stars, Blu-ray.com

“Certainly one of the better Bruce Willis low-budget action movies, this one still suffers from confusing bits, as well as an uncomfortable vacancy where its star ought to have been […] The story is decently constructed, with enough twists and turns to keep the sturdy, interesting characters moving through it with a semblance of logic.” 2 out of 5 stars, Common Sense Media

” …this film has nothing new to offer us. However, it has some interesting characters and emotional moments that can be endured for one hour and forty-five minutes. However, the screenplay never gives them a chance to come out of their shell. As a result, the stereotypes are blatantly followed, and the film never goes beyond the surface level.” High on Films

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“This movie is at least the best produced and directed out of any of Drake’s collaborations with Willis in spite of the flaws it does have. Detective Knight: Rogue isn’t a great crime film but after a groggy first act, it does give way to some cool crimes, decent characters, and a degree of novelty given the holiday it eventually uses when it’s done being cliché.” 3.5 out of 5 stars,  Voices from the Balcony

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“I enjoyed this, and I’m hopeful those of you who loved Heat will like this. Detective Knight: Rogue does have a hint of Heat about it, certainly in the dialogue and also in the armed robberies […] Three stars seems high for this but I think it could quickly catch on amongst crime film fans, and I also feel some reviews may be a bit harsh.” Which Film

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