Monday, December 3, 2018

All The Devil's Men (2018)

A contract CIA operative is tasked with one more mission before being allowed to go see his wife and new born. An ex-operative has gone rogue after being disavowed and is now trying to set up a deal for a nuclear warhead. Given a team of operatives our hero goes to war against the bad guys in London in order to stop a potential nuclear incident.

While the film slows down as it becomes needlessly messy in the second half (I'm not sure writer director Matthew Hope really thought out how to get from start to finish without having to add weird turns) the film always holds our attention thanks to some very good action set pieces and a dynamite first half. By the time things go sideways we are invested enough to want to see where it all goes.

While there is no doubt that we are in a B movie, outside of the opening in Marrakesh the world is pretty much a ghost town and the action is limited to confined spaces, Director Hope manages to turn the emptiness in his favor since we get the feeling that we really are watching something happening on the fringes of society. This is a war being fought by men and women too long in the trenches who have lost their humanity, and those that haven't are doomed to die (watch how anyone who shows a feeling for anything other than killing dies next)

While never destined to be the next big action film ALL THE DEVIL'S MEN entertains in such away that is perfect viewing for a rainy afternoon.

Currently available on Direct TV  ALL THE DEVIL'S MEN hit theaters Friday December 7.

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