Oct 092018

Reprisal is just another forgettable direct-to-video thriller from the illustrious Grindstone Entertainment production company and it’s also another film featuring a lackluster performance from Bruce Willis.




Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Drama
Lionsgate | R – 89 min. – $21.99 | October 16, 2018

Date Published: 10/09/2018 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Brian A. Miller
Writer(s): Bryce Hammons (written by)
Cast: Frank Grillo, Bruce Willis, Olivia Culpo, Johnathon Schaech
Features: Featurette, Interviews, Trailer
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish
Disc Size: 22.3 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Lionsgate provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 1.25/5

Reprisal is the latest direct-to-video fare from the illustrious Grindstone Entertainment Group, a company that turns and burns these kind of productions, quite of a few sadly co-star Bruce Willis and even now have roped in the underrated and often underutilized Frank Grillo as well.

The plot for Reprisal focuses on Jacob (FRANK GRILLO), a bank manager and all around family man whose bank is the latest target from a violent robber. After being traumatized by the event and being placed on administrative relief, the household finances were already in dire straits. And as a way to cope with the experience, he teams up with his neighbor and retired ex-cop James (BRUCE WILLIS) to investigate and track down this murderous criminal, and in the process collect the large 6-figure reward.

So, Jacob does what apparently an FBI task force cannot and begins thinking like the robber, as we discover his name is Gabriel (JOHNATHON SCHAECH), and eventually manages to even find Gabriel’s headquarters. Not only that, is also able to follow him and discover his next target. The robbery is nearly thwarted but Gabriel does get away, but stashes the money in an underground parking lot, to which Jacob finds the loot and decides to take it for himself. Big mistake, especially when Gabriel finds out Jacob’s identity and begins targeting his asthmatic daughter and beautiful wife.

Now it is up to Jacob to save his family as we witness a “thrilling” and “incompetently” edited final sequence that attempts and so fails as trying to be as suspense-filled as the shootout featured in Heat.

Reprisal is the typical, middle-of-the-road, poorly made direct-to-video movie from Grindstone. Forgettable mess at its finest, trotting out Bruce Willis in the hopes his name and face will get people to dish out the $15-20 price to buy on DVD or Blu-ray only to realize he is a supporting player in a minimal role with a badly written script that doesn’t make a lick of sense despite what is a simple plot. Even if one were to buy that a bank manager could suddenly become a fairly masterful investigator, seeing trends that even the FBI hasn’t found, it’s hard to ignore some of the logic, including a shootout ending that, perhaps justified in some way, would land our lead character in jail.

I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention the editing in the aforementioned finale. I’m getting into SPOILER territory, so might want to skip, but bad guy Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife and daughter and we cut back and forth as Jacob and Gabriel exchange gunfire set against James’s ex-cop friends searching for Jacob’s family, and are actually found in the back of a pick-up, thus eliminating any sort of suspense, which relatively speaking was limited anyway, from a scene as Jacob is crushed when James arrives on the scene, checks in on the family no less, and shoots and kills Gabriel, leaving Jacob utterly angry and in dismay… This, I guess, could’ve made for a (moderately) better sequence if we didn’t know they were rescued, but instead it made the entire sequence feel empty.

But I digress. While Reprisal is indeed bad, there wasn’t a point where I was angry (those kind of movies sit on my all-time bottom 15 movies or so), this is an all around forgettable thriller where even the actors didn’t seem like they gave two-s’s, especially Willis who seemed to have the delivery of a man who is slowly dying inside, wondering how it went so wrong. Skip.



This release comes with a glossy, title-embossed, slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. The only features is a Making Reprisal (9:29; HD) featurette; some Cast/Crew Interviews (26:27; HD) including Director Brian A. Miller, Frank Grillo, Olivia Culpo, Johnathon Schaech and Colin Egglesfield; and the Trailer (2:18; HD).

TrailersBleeding Steel, Escape Plan 2: Hades, Acts of Violence, Extraction, First Kill, Marauders


VIDEO – 4.25/5

Reprisal comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition. Not sure if this made on film or digital, but did have the texture of the latter, where there is some fine noise in some scenes. That said, detail is fairly sharp throughout and colors were pretty vibrant.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The disc comes with a standard but effective DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 which does sound quite good with crisp and clear dialogue levels and some decent depth for the shootout scenes, though nothing that will give the sound system a workout.


OVERALL – 1.5/5

Overall, Reprisal is just another forgettable direct-to-video thriller from the illustrious Grindstone Entertainment production company and it’s also another film featuring a lackluster performance from Bruce Willis, marking this his tenth that I’ve seen, a far cry from his superstar days. In any case, the Blu-ray release offers good video/audio transfers and a lackluster bonus features selection.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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