Directed By: Michael Polish
Starring: Mel Gibson, Kate Bosworth, Emile Hirsch &, David Zayas
Synopsis: The legendary Mel Gibson stars in this edge-of-your-seat action-thriller that explodes during a violent Category 5 hurricane. As disgraced cop Cardillo (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild) races to evacuate an apartment building, he comes across Dr. Troy (Kate Bosworth, Superman Returns) and her retired detective father, Ray (Mel Gibson, Braveheart). When a murderous gang of thieves arrives to rob a wealthy tenant, they must join forces to battle the criminals and escape with their lives before the entire city is deep underwater.
Review: After Blood Father and Dragged Across Concrete it was great to see Mel Gibson headlining an actioner again. I have to say I was kind of worried as the part Mel Gibson took on was originally meant to be played by Bruce Willis. Who in all honesty is cranking out more DTV movies than Nicolas Cage. When Bruce’s name is attached these days, it’s not often a sign of joy…… Not to worry though as Mel does a stellar job and I always find he brings an aura to his characters that make them a whole lot more charismatic. I really enjoyed Mels character and he didn’t just phone in his performance.
Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth are our main leads who bring the fight to the bad guys. I hadn’t really watched anything with Emile before but I have to say he did make a likeable hero, not exactly loaded with brute strength but was full of heart! Bosworths character is the daughter of Mels character and she channels her inner Gibson and brings the fight to the bad guys, she was a kickass heroine. Kate and Emile were a team up you rooted for the whole way!
David Zayas leads the villains and is very cold and brutal. If someone needs to be killed he doesn’t hesitate at all. You really are waiting for him to get his comeuppance. Zayas was memorable for me in The Expendables and Gotham. He always has such domineering screen presence and comes across genuinely menacing on screen.
Stephanie Cayo makes her action debut and she gets the luck of draw with the majority of her screen time being with the legend that is Mel Gibson. Stephanie proves she has the chops for the genre and you can see she is really having a good time playing her character
The movie was a fun action-thriller, the back drop of the hurricane was fun. It didn’t really play a major part but was a good excuse for the Die Hard in a storm scenario and it worked well. I would recommend to action fans and defo Mel fans! Force Of Nature is one to be reckoned with!