Jan 302020

10 Minutes Gone is another poor direct-to-video movie but this one featured a slapped-together plot, stilted dialogue and phoned-in performances, especially from Bruce Willis.



10 Minutes Gone

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Crime
Lionsgate | R – 88 min. – $21.99 | October 29, 2019

Date Published: 01/30/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Brian A. Miller
Writer(s): Kelvin Mad and Jeff Jingle (screenplay)
Cast: Michael Chiklis, Bruce Willis, Meadow Williams, Kyle Schmid, Lydia Hill, Lala Kent, Texas Battle

Features: Featurette, Interviews, Trailer
Slip Cover: Yes
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, Spanish
Disc Size: 39.97 GB
Total Bitrate: 42.00 Mbps
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

Plot Synopsis: Crime boss Rex (BRUCE WILLIS) hires Frank (MICHAEL CHIKLIS) and his crew to steal a mysterious box locked inside a bank vault, but the job goes wrong when someone tips off the cops. After Frank suffers a blow to the head, and his brother shot dead, he wakes up to find the box gone and no memory of the attacker. Now, Frank must confront his team members one by one to find the traitor – before Rex covers his tracks by having Frank murdered.

Review: 10 Minutes Gone. I only wish, felt I lost 85-minutes with another direct-to-video flick from Grindstone Entertainment. There are so many things wrong, most egregious probably being a terribly written script combined with phoned-in performances from both Michael Chiklis and Bruce Willis, though in Willis’s case, this is nothing new.

Beyond that, while conceptually the story is basic, the attempts at filling in the supposed 10 minute gap was more confusing and didn’t really aid in adding to the mystery, although even with that, it pretty blatant who the culprit was, so when the twist comes at the end, I was hardly stunned.

If that weren’t bad enough, under the direction of Grindstone’s residential hack, Brian A. Miller, the action itself was bland and unexciting, despite the borage of gunfire that erupts almost from the beginning. Course, you do get what appears to be CGI muzzle flashes which is amusing. Miller might be a nice guy and I can never fault someone finding a career in Hollywood, but just glancing over his resume… can’t find one that was passably entertaining, not even in the good-bad sort of way.

In the end, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that 10 Minutes Gone was this bad. I did hope that maybe Grindstone, amongst the other production companies in charge, had turned the corner and made entertaining action-schlock, but this one was a complete misfire on just about every level. But both Miller and Willis will probably make more of these, and I’ll be foolish enough to watch, hoping to be pleasantly surprised.



This release comes with a semi-glossy, title-embossed, slip cover. Features include a Making 10 Minutes Gone (7:19) featurette, EPK Cast/Crew Interviews (28:43) with Director Brian A. Miller, Actor Michael Chiklis, Actress/Producer Meadow Williams and others, and last the Trailer (2:03).


VIDEO – 4.0/5

Lionsgate releases 10 Minutes Gone onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. Nothing noteworthy about this, but detail appears to be well defined throughout and colors were generally bright. There might’ve been a little banding but otherwise this was a clean transfer.

AUDIO – 3.75/5

The disc includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that shows some modest depth during the shootouts but this is not something that will give your surround system a workout. But dialogue does come through the center speaker with good clarity so at the very least the sound design on this production was reasonable.


OVERALL – 1.5/5

10 Minutes Gone is another poor direct-to-video movie but this one featured a slapped-together plot, stilted dialogue and phoned-in performances, especially from Bruce Willis who has all but given up at this juncture. The Blu-ray from Lionsgate offers adequate video/audio transfers and some so-so features.


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