Trauma Center (2019)
Directed By: Matt Eskandari
Starring: Nicky Whelan, Bruce Willis, Tito Ortiz & Texas Battle
Synopsis: Screen legend Bruce Willis plays Lt. Wakes, a vengeful police detective determined to solve the murders of his partner and an informant. Wakes joins forces with Madison (Nicky Whelan), a witness injured during the shootings, after the killers pursue her across the abandoned floor of a hospital and confirm Wakes’s worst fears: the two men are actually corrupt vice cops covering up a crime. As Wakes vows revenge, this heart-pounding action-thriller reaches an explosive climax.
Review: Australian beauty Nicky Whelan leads the movie, which is basically a very contained Die Hard esque movie in a hospital.
Trauma Centre has Bruce Willis on the cover, but the real star is Nicky Whelan whose character ends up in hospital after being caught up in a shooting which sees two corrupt cops gunning down an informant and another cop. When they learn Madison (Whelan) is in a hospital they make their way to her location to silence her aswell. Madison starts off running but she hits the point where she has to fight back and thats when the film kicks into action gear.
Whelan plays the part of Madison so well, she comes across scared and helpless but when she turns the tide on the bad guys, Whelan proves she has the chops to lead an action movie and be an empowering badass! Which I hope we get too see more of in her career.
The film starts off as a thriller and builds its way into the action, Whelan doesn’t have an easy task as she is forced to fend off Texas Battle and UFC star Tito Ortiz who want her dead. Texas’s character comes across as the more sympathetic of the two corrupt cops, while Tito is definitely enjoying going full Jack Torrance/ Michael Myers. Bruce Willis gets a small amount of screen times and get to wield a gun and have a fight, which is good too see. As lately Bruce seems to show up sit in one room and that’s about the maximum we get.
The film has some tense moments along with some cool action set pieces. The budget is obviously low but it feels like a bigger film and I didn’t find myself bored throughout.
Nicky, Tito and Texas carry the film and make their characters interesting and you would almost swear Nicky hadn’t met Tito or Texas before shooting the movie as she seemed genuinely frightened of them! Especially Tito.
Overall I would say give this a watch, it’s a fun action/thriller