Directed by Brian A. Miller
Starring Thomas Jane and Bruce Willis.
B-grade scifi of the worst kind. Nothing even makes any sense whatsoever.
Premise – VICE is the ultimate paradise, where patrons can commit any crime they want without fear – as the offenses are perpetuated on androids (or “artificials” as they are called in the movie).
One of the artificials (Ambyr Childers) escapes and the entire movie becomes one prolonged chase sequence where hundreds of bullets are expended without even one of them hitting the target! Even sillier, there isn’t some kind of failsafe protocol where an escaped artificial could be de-activated.
Along the way there is some cockamamie thematic thread about morality and the recovery from loss, which become totally meaningless in the midst of countless explosion and under the hail of bullets. Utterly ludicrous.
And what about the dumb protagonist (jaded cop Roy) and antagonist (VICE owner, Julian Michaels) played by Thomas Jane and Bruce Willis respectively. One understands Jane’s presence here but Willis? It’s somewhat disconcerting to witness Willis’ slow decline. Presumably, the paycheck was a bit hard to resist and Willis’ role is hardly demanding so it was an easy decision.
Unless you think Michael Bay’s Transformers is the best scifi you have ever seen, it’s recommended that you avoid this turkey.
In the cinemas now.