The Night Crew
Action / Thriller
The Night Crew
Action / Thriller
THE NIGHT CREW centers on a group of hard up bounty hunters who must survive the night in a desert motel against a horde of savage border runners. They soon realize that their fugitive, a mysterious Chinese woman, is much more than she lets on.
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functional B-movie start
Bounty hunters Wade (Luke Goss), Crenshaw (Bokeem Woodbine), Rose (Luciana Faulhaber), and Ronnie (Paul Sloan) are hired to go into Mexico to rescue Mae (Chasty Ballesteros). They are transporting the Chinese girl back to the States when she runs off. Cartel king Aguilar (Danny Trejo) wants her back alive.
The first half is a functional action B-movie. Danny Trejo is the obvious draw but he only has a supporting role. It's got the desert setting and what seems like a simple premise. Then it starts adding stuff and the movie struggles. It should have been so easy. It becomes muddled and bland. At some point, I stop caring.
B-Action with a twist
A girl is on the run from someone or something. The bad guys catch up
with her but just at that moment another group appears and rescues her.
This group is made up of bounty-hunters and grabbing her is their job.
The main guy is Wade, his sidekick is Rose and there are two more guys.
This girl though is something else, she's not appreciative at all,
doesn't have anything to say. At some point she escapes from these
guys. In the meantime we learn that her captor is the big bad drug
mobster around: Danny Trejo, who else. He's into young girls and wants
to girl back at all costs.
The girl hides in some abandoned motel. Our bounty-hunters find her and
decide to wait for Trejo's gang to show up. Now we learn that this girl
does have something special. Somehow she knows stuff about our guys
that she couldn't have known. At this point we get to hear all the
relationship gossip among the group for some reason until the bad guys
show up and the shootout ensues. Eventually we learn what's going on
with the girl and it's a neat twist.
The Night Crew is a B-action movie that aspires to be a bit more than
just that, but doesn't really succeed. Casting is strong with Goss,
Trejo, Faulhaber. Sloan does a great job but his character doesn't get
much camera-time unfortunately. The action is decent, direction is
good, the writing could be better. The movie looks good, too. The
problem is that there isn't really much of a central character to root
for and for no good reason they decided to film the main part of this
movie at night, which doesn't work all that well with action movies.
The character of the girl, instead of being fascinating is instead
somewhat annoying. I did appreciate the sexual tension between her and
Rose though. Overall, the concept is pretty good but the script and
execution needed more work.
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Poorly made and going through the motions
THE NIGHT CREW had promise, with an action-focused narrative utilising
America's war on drugs as a backdrop, and a seasoned cast of B-movie
faces who would no doubt do their best with the material at hand.
Sadly, this turns out to be a film which hinges on the quality of the
execution, and it just isn't that great.
The narrative is of the typical siege scenario, although it's
cheaply-handled and plenty of it takes place at night to hide the
paucity of the budget. The cinematography is poor and makes the film
look cheap throughout, and the special effects of the shoot-outs and
the like are merely ordinary. What's missing is suspense, something to
keep you hooked to the unfolding action.
The cast is headlined by Luke Goss (HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY) as the
leader of the heroic bounty hunters. Goss is all right, but he has done
better in the past, and he seems to be going through the motions here
like the rest of the cast members. Reliable B-movie star Bokeem
Woodbine is better as the gun-toting Crenshaw. Danny Trejo has an
extended cameo, and there are more minor roles for players like Don
Swayze and Jason Mewes. Chasty Ballesteros and Luciana Faulhaber are
the women of the piece and both particularly poor in the acting stakes.
As for the extra, horror-themed sub-plot, that seems to be tacked on to
the movie as it bears no influence on the narrative whatsoever.