Aug 022019

Can’t say The Assault was a movie I had high expectations for although I had hoped it at least was a middling action-thriller but alas it was just another poorly made direct-to-video flick.



The Assault

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Crime
Lionsgate | R – 72 min. – $19.98 | August 20, 2019

Date Published: 08/02/2019 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Jacob Cooney
Writer(s): Jacob Cooney & Bill Hanstock and George P. Saunders (written by)
Cast: Tom Sizemore, Jordan Ladd, Nikki Moore, Tommy DeNucci, Kevin Nash

Features: None
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Region(s): 1


THE MOVIE — 1.5/5

Plot Synopsis: Tired of her husband Seth’s abusive behavior, Lindsay’s (JORDAN LADD) out for revenge. She and her exotic-dancer friend Nikki (NIKKI MOORE) are stealing Seth’s riches in a series of brazen armed robberies. But things get complicated when Nikki seduces Broza (TOM SIZEMORE), the detective on the case. When their final heist goes horribly wrong, the two women must flee for their lives—with an unsuspecting Broza in hot pursuit.

Quick Hit Review: Originally released in the United Kingdom back in 2017, apparently took two years for some sucker of a production company (in this case Grindstone Entertainment) to pick up the rights and unleash this dull and terribly made crime-thriller upon the American masses. I really didn’t expect very much going in but kind of hoped it might be cheesy bad, but it’s just plain old bad-bad with some terrible writing/dialogue and even worse acting, with Tom Sizemore not exactly giving it his all and the director, Jacob Cooney, apparently not allowed to do second takes with the actor as he stumbled through his dialogue more than a few times.

There’s nothing new in The Assault and it’s one of those movies that will end up in some Wal-Mart bargain bin and someone in their 40s will remember Tom Sizemore was once a solid actor and co-starred in Michael Mann’s Heat and decide to snatch it up at a super low price. Honestly, even then they may feel ripped off. This is one that could’ve remained overseas.



No features were included.


VIDEO – 3.0/5, AUDIO – 3.0/5

Lionsgate releases The Assault onto DVD presented with an anamorphic widescreen 2.35 aspect ratio where the cheap production design is on display along with camera work that was subpar and softness to the picture. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is limited and although the front and rear channels are utilizes, it’s not all that effective, and the dialogue came across a bit too light in many scenes, but this is likely due to the sound mix than the transfer itself.

OVERALL – 1.0/5

Can’t say The Assault was a movie I had high expectations for although I had hoped it at least was a middling action-thriller with a fun performance from Tom Sizemore. Instead the former star stumbles through his lines, the direction and editing felt jumbled and the acting subpar (at best), There’s not much redeemable about this, not even in a good-bad sort of way.

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