Security (2017)

  • Time: 87 min
  • Genre: Action
  • Director: Alain Desrochers
  • Cast: Antonio Banderas, Ben Kingsley, Liam McIntyre


An ex-special services veteran (Antonio Banderas), down on his luck and desperate for work, takes a job as a security guard at a run-down mall in a rough area of town. On his first night on the job, he opens the doors up to a distraught and desperate young girl who has escaped and fled from a hijacking of the Police motorcade that was transporting her to testify as a trial witness in a briefcase. Hot on her heels is psychopathic hijacker (Ben Kingsley), alongside his resourceful henchmen, who will stop at nothing to extract and eliminate their witness.


  • “I’m gonna extend the offer one last time. Give us the girl Or I will huff… And I will puff…”

    The moment the amateurish group, which is hiding in a mall, starts gathering batteries and fabricating homemade bombs, the next phrase spontaneously came into my mind : “Home Alone in the mall”. The only difference with this famous comedy is that there were no victims. In “Security” some will die. If this hadn’t been the case, it could have rather been described as a comedy instead of an action movie. Occasionally I really had to laugh with the dry remarks made by Antonio Banderas.

    Personally, I don’t look at Banderas as a real action hero like Schwarzenegger or Jean-Claude van Damme. Granted, he was magnificent as the avenging angel El Mariachi in “Desperado”. And he was a pleasant and comical addition to the army of retired action heroes in “Expendables 3”. Here, Banderas seems to make an attempt to become a similar legend as the famous John McClane from the “Die Hard” saga. Not that it will be possible to match that, but the layout is somewhat similar. Instead of a tower building, the location was replaced by a really plastic and decorish shopping center. And just like Bruce Willis in the “Die Hard” franchise this ex-military, who’s done quite some missions as special-ops I guess, has enough skills to stop a bunch of regiments just like Schwarzenegger in “Commando”.

    Antonio Banderas plays Eddie, an unemployed veteran with financial problems, who has not seen his wife and daughter for more than a year now. It was not entirely clear to me if PTSD had anything to do with it. Or was it because he couldn’t afford a ticket to get to his distant family. In any case, this was an ideal motive to ensure that Eddie received an ungrateful, poorly paid job as a security guard in the notorious shopping center. And Eddie excels in coordinating a militarist plan to keep a girl in distress, Jamie (Katherine de la Rocha) out of the hands of an unscrupulous criminal called Charlie (Ben Kingsley). What follows is an outright flashback to the 90’s. You could rent movies like this on VHS endlessly. Uncomplicated, no-nonsense action. Although it felt as a sort of slapstick at certain moments.

    First of all, Antonio Banderas wasn’t so bad in this mediocre movie. He was able to convince during the action packed scenes and, as I said earlier, was quite funny and made it very humorous. Unfortunately, they had to create a sort of melodramatic ending. Ben Kingsley was the right man to play the bad guy. And this because of his stoic look. Even though he seems to use this look regularly in his last films. For me, Liam McIntyre was the most striking figure. A rockabilly-like character with over-sized sideburns. Such a bigmouth and show-off who thinks he’s in charge but when the sh*t hits the fan he rather steps aside. Fantastic acting which I really enjoyed.

    Unfortunately, it’s sometimes rather childish. It surprised me they didn’t look for some crayons in the local toy store and started drawing a defense plan on a large white sheet of paper. Just like Kevin did in “Home Alone II”. However, they had pink walkie talkies at their disposal. That looked quite cute. Oh well, this movie is suitable when you have some spare time during a Sunday afternoon. I only hope to see Banderas and Kingsley together in a more serious movie. I have a feeling this could lead to more memorable acting.

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  • I might be one of the few people who prefers 2005’s Assault on Precinct 13 over John Carpenter’s original from 1976. Security heavily reminded me 2005’s “Assault” (and a slight blueprint of 2004’s Dawn of the Dead). The only difference is that the happenings take place in a mall as opposed to a police station. Also, the target hit isn’t Laurence Fishburne’s menacing Bishop. Instead, it’s a bratty little girl named Jamie (played by an actress who vaguely resembles Curly Sue).

    Anyway, Security does have a few moments that could qualify it as a ruthless, loud, and relentlessly violent thriller. However, this film is tense yet disposable at the same time. You have thunder and lightning coming in on cue to add to Security’s recycled agitation. Then, you get Rio Bravo being aped multiple times which robs Security of its unmentioned originality. Finally, there’s an annoying character named Vance (Liam McIntyre). His opening, head-of-mall-guard monologue almost keeps Security from sustaining any sense of dramatic credibility.

    At 88 undermining minutes, Security might evaporate in your mind right after you see it. Yeah it’s good to have Antonio Banderas and Ben Kingsley go head to head as a Marine Captain and a nasty contract killer. But hey, you wonder why they agreed to a screenplay that has some really idiomatic expressions (some of the mall-speak in Security is very difficult to listen to).

    In retrospect, director Alain Desrochers (he mostly helms TV series stuff) pulls off bullet-ridden shootouts and some nifty hand-to-hand combat sequences despite that fact that you can’t quite view every detail. Hold up though. With minimal gore and a direct-to-video release in the states, Security’s budget ($15 million) is half of what Jean-Francois Richet’s was in 05′. It shows. In jest, Security lacks the epic tranquility and theatrical stamina of Assault on Precinct 13. Added to that, the acting around its leads (Kingsley and Banderas overshadow the C-list cast), is less than persuasive and not very memorable. Overall, a mixed review from me.

    Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars

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