LAND OF BAD – “A tried-and-true tactical military actioner”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: William Eubank (Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin – 2021)

MAIN CAST

• Liam Hemsworth as Kinney
• Russell Crowe as Reaper
• Luke Hemsworth as Sergeant Abel
• Ricky Whittle as Bishop
• Milo Ventimiglia as Captain Sugar

SYNOPSIS

Captain Eddie "Reaper" Grimm, a US Air Force drone pilot, provides air support from a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper to a US Army Delta Force team on the ground in the Philippines. After a mishap, Sergeant JJ "Playboy" Kinney, a young air force TACP officer attached to the drone team as its JTAC, finds himself part of an extraction team relying only on Reaper's remote air support.

REVIEW SUMMARY

William Eubank’s Land of Bad is a tried-and-true tactical military actioner. That is to say, while it doesn’t reinvent the wheel (by any stretch), it’s wholly enjoyable. One might even say “standard.” Regardless, it works. A big part of that belongs to the cast. Liam Hemsworth is our “man against an army” character here, and what can I say, he’s easy to root for. But perhaps the biggest performance highlight belongs to Russell Crowe in an immensely hammy turn as “the guy in the chair.” Now, does the narrative meander and fall into predicable territory? That’s a big yes. But, there are certainly plenty of high stakes thrills along with some genuine bouts of nail-biting suspense. However, amidst the explosions and gunfire, there’s a lack of standout style. And, because of that, the movie feels very generic - slightly falling into the realm of B-movies. Does that make it any less serviceable? Not by a long shot. So, if you’re looking for a little puffed-out chest bravado in your life, Land of Bad will surely deliver the goods.

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