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Decommissioned is easily one of the worst movies I’ve seen and its amazing how respectable actors, well James Remar and Michael Paré at least, continue to appear in these types of films.




Genre(s): Action, Thriller
Lionsgate | R – 80 min. – $19.98 | December 6, 2016

Date Published: 12/03/2016 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by:
Timothy Woodward Jr.
Writer(s): Sean Ryan (written by)
Cast: Johnny Messner, Vinnie Jones, James Remar, Estella Warren, Michael Paré
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region(s): 1



Why do I torture myself watching these movies? Specifically, why am I so fascinated with the filmography of one Timothy Woodward Jr., a man who seems to spit out 2-3 movies a year and recycles a variety of actors? His latest is Decommissioned an awful film in just about every aspect.

The plot centers on retired CIA agent John Niles (JOHNNY MESSNER) whose wife (ESTELLA WARREN) and son are kidnapped by mercenaries led by David Marino (JAMES REMAR). As he’s reminded numerous times throughout the movie, if he wants to see them alive again, he must follow their instructions. And what’s the mission? To assassinate the President (RICHARD BURGI) who is set to sign a bill that would, I guess, decommission the CIA… or something like that. At issue is a top secret program that places surveillance on American citizens on American soil and the Prez wants to shut it down. Marino’s entire plan is to have Niles kill the President and thus set him up as the patsy.

And that’s what is really involved with the plot yet what happens in the interim was something to behold. First, the production values are pretty bad, with an oversaturated picture, choppy/confusing editing most notably the final confrontation between Remar and Messner and lastly really poor and over-the-top performances uttering cringe-worthy dialogue. Oh, and I forgot to mention, Vinnie Jones is in this but despite being on the front cover and infers it’s him referenced with the tagline “They set him up. He’ll hunt them down”, Jones is a mere cameo with maybe 10-minutes of screen time as Niles’s former boss.

As I said before, this is just the latest of the reportage from Timothy Woodward Jr. who reunites with a variety of others on previous productions from screenwriter Sean Ryan (4Got10, WEAPONized) to actors Michael Paré (marking his seventh movie with one more in post), Johnny Messner (four movies, one more in post) and Vinnie Jones (three movies). I assume once one movie is done, Woodward moves on to the next and brings along anyone willing tag along and spew terrible lines and stumble through inane plots.

I’ve generally hated other movies from Woodward Jr. but Decommissioned takes it to an all-new low. There’s nothing to admire and I have to wonder who keeps funding movies of this ilk (reportedly the budget on this was $1 million). I suppose if you’re a glutton for punishment, like myself, it’s worth a rental. If not, stay as far away as possible.



No features were included.


VIDEO – 2.75/5, AUDIO – 3.0/5

Lionsgate distributes Decommissioned onto DVD presented with a 16×9 enhanced 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and the movie looks pretty bad appearing oversaturated throughout. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is adequate enough but nothing great with subdued depth even through most of the action sequences.


Overall, Decommissioned is easily one of the worst movies I’ve seen and its amazing how respectable actors, well James Remar and Michael Paré at least, continue to appear in these types of films. The DVD released through Lionsgate offers average video and audio and, I guess thankfully, no features.


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