Sometimes it’s all about forgiveness…
While there’s nothing in The Misfits that hasn’t been pulled from a mid-level 90’s action movie, there’s no denying that it’s actually still kind of fun, in a truly dumb kind of way.
After being recruited by a group of unconventional thieves, renowned criminal Richard Pace (Pierce Brosnan) finds himself caught up in an elaborate gold heist that promises to have far-reaching implications on his life and the lives of countless others.
To be fair, we’ll fully own that we’re probably being pretty kind here when it comes to The Misfits, but its light and borderline goofy tone to the action that it sets in front of us is actually genuinely endearing in moments and as long as you don’t take it all too seriously, it actually kind of works.
Director Renny Harlin used to be a lock for solid action fun in the 90’s but has since fallen off without a genuine hit since 1999’s Deep Blue Sea or even anything of note since 2009’s 12 Rounds (and even that was staring John Cena in only his second film) but here we get reminded that he’s not quite done yet. He can still stage action sequences pretty well and the film has the necessary polish to not take us out of the somewhat gonzo premise of the story.
It’s all got some genuinely pepping pacing that was absolutely essential for this story to work and the script from Kurt Wimmer and Robert Henry knows all the beats it has to hit. Sure it’s all playing it to the hilt in an “almost” satirical fashion, but it works as this was meant to be a romp; nothing more and nothing less.
Pierce Brosnan still has the leading man swagger and works well as the veteran thief Richard Pace. With a lot of foreign money backing the film and Brosnan himself as an executive producer you can tell this is very much a film that is built to penetrate foreign markets with its decent but very obviously dated casting.
Nick Cannon is fun, but a little out of time as our comic relief and narrator for the proceedings while Jamie Chung actually shows some of the star power that we saw from her back during Sin City and you’ll recognize Hermione Corfeld from things ranging from Pride, Prejudice and Zombies to Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and international star Mike Angelo from Thailand round out the ensemble. Everyone is doing their best and really only Tim Roth as Schultz is kind of sleeping walking his way through it all.
Let’s just face facts, The Misfits isn’t really a good movie….and to be honest it’s never really intended to be, it’s just meant to be a fun one and in this instance it actually does enough to get the job done.