VOD REVIEW: Misfits is an action-packed misfire

Director Renny Harlin has been a favourite of mine for years, and my love for him has endured through all his tumultuous career choices.

From Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger through to The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, and cult fair like Mindhunters, The Covenant and more, he’s an eclectic filmmaker who makes his mark. He doesn’t always hit the bullseye, but he’s unabashedly put his stamp on filmmaking.

It pains me to say his new effort, The Misfits, is quite literally the worst thing he’s ever made, and that includes Cutthroat Island.

This film about a group of thieves – led by criminal Richard Pace – leaves them caught up in a gold heist that could change the lives of all involved forever.

Let me start by saying if Nick Cannon is narrating off the hop, you have a problem. He may be hosting America’s Got Talent, but he doesn’t have much of his own.

With other incredible actors, including former Bond Pierce Brosnan, Tim Roth, Jamie Chung and more, it’s one of the weirdest casts I’ve seen in a while, and they just don’t seem to click.

The screenplay is a mess, and frankly, Brosnan and Roth are above it. I can’t for the life of me understand why they’d do this movie. They must have lost a poker room bet.

It’s a high-cheese heist flick, and not in the so-bad-it’s-good way.

1/5 Stars

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