DETECTIVE KNIGHT: INDEPENDENCE (2023) Reviews of Bruce Willis’ third entry in the trilogy

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Detective Knight: Independence is a 2023 American action film the third feature in an action crime thriller film trilogy that began with Detective Knight: Rogue and continued with Detective Knight: Redemption.

Bruce Willis stars as Detective James Knight in this final, tense chapter of the trilogy. Knight’s last-minute assignment to the Independence Day shift turns into a race to stop an unbalanced ambulance EMT from imperiling the city’s festivities. The misguided vigilante, playing cop with a stolen gun and uniform, has a bank vault full of reasons to put on his own fireworks show…one that will strike dangerously close to Knight’s home.

Written and directed by Edward Drake (Detective Knight: RogueGasoline AlleyAmerican SiegeApexCosmic SinBroil). Executive produced by Sean Patrick O’Reilly.

The movie obviously stars Bruce Willis, Jack Kilmer, Lochlyn Munro, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Willow Shields, Dina Meyer and Timothy V. Murphy.


Detective Knight: Independence […] doesn’t add closure to the trilogy, which never had any shape to begin with, instead concluding as abruptly as it began, with Drake and his team simply trying to survive the filmmaking process, not establish a riveting examination of bruised honor and rising crime.” 2 out of 5,

” …from a critical point of view, you can’t look beyond the fact that these movies merely exploit the brand that is ‘Bruce Willis’ to tell a lazy story that pushes him away from the spotlight yet again. Detective Knight: Independence, which is supposed to be the last part of the cop trilogy, might be more straightforward than the other two but is just as vapid, unexciting, and forgettable.” High on Films

“This movie has a bit more artistic tricks in it, using split-screen and multi-screens at times to show what is going on from multiple perspectives. The whole first bank robbery is shown from a gunman’s point of view with the gun barrel in front.” Mike Szymanski

“It is as though the film were looking back over all the cops that Willis has played, and reminding us that the themes they were rehearsing – of the law, of justice, of retribution, of punishment – are in the end no game (even if the film’s climax unfolds in a sports field). It is all a matter of moral judgments made in the moment, and any mistake can have grave consequences that come home to roost.” Projected Figures

“The characters are too shallow for the film to make the points it seems to be trying to make and the action scenes are too few and too bland to deliver much in the way of thrills […] But there are some amusing exchanges of dialogue here and there as well as a couple of good performances from Kilmer, yes he’s Val’s son…” 2 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony

In the US, Lionsgate will release Detective Knight: Independence theatrically in select locations On-Demand (VOD) on January 20, 2023.


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