The Prince (2014)

The Prince (2014)
  • Time: 93 min
  • Genre: Action | Thriller
  • Director: Brian A Miller
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Jason Patric, 50 Cent


A mechanic learns that his daughter, whom he thinks is at college, has dropped out. He tries to call her but when someone else answers the phone, he goes to where she’s staying and finds a photo of his daughter with another girl, so he looks for her and asks her where his daughter is. She says that his daughter hooked with a guy whose from New Orleans. So they go there to find him. When some men refuse to answer his questions they beat him but he fights back, which the girl is amazed that he can do. Eventually they find the guy who tells them where his daughter might be. But while on their way some men shoot at them. He learns that they work for a man named Omar who wants him. He still tries to find his daughter while Omar sends his best men to get him.


  • I was looking forward to this film given the fact that it has Bruce Willis, John Cusack & Jason Patrick in the main roles. Unfortunately Willis and Cusack have minimal screen time and don’t add much to the film overall. It’s up to Jason Patric to carry the movie. This wouldn’t be a bad thing if the story wasn’t so clichéd and uninteresting.

    Patric plays a reformed assassin Paul who is leading a quiet life in Mississippi until his daughter Beth disappears from the university she was studying at. He goes on a quest to find her and soon discovers that his daughter got involved with some bad people and is into drugs. He locates a friend of hers and convinces her to take him to New Orleans to find his daughter. The plot thickens as he is soon faced with an enemy from the past called Omar (Bruce Willis) who wants him dead as Paul Killed Omar’s Family twenty years earlier. Paul seeks out help from a friend called Sam (John Cusack). And that’s the overall story more or less, and is predictable to the end with a lot of gunfire and a high body count.

    This movie is watchable and yet not too engaging. Overall it’s a pity as this could have been a much grittier and better film, but Cusack and Willis look slightly disinterested in the proceedings and have a slightly dazed look in their eyes as if wondering how and why they found themselves in some sort of a bland Taken Rip Off. One can only guess that they either have a lot of free time or need the money if they have nothing better to do then play supporting roles that have no more than 10 minutes or so of screen time. Jason Patric is OK but it’s difficult reconciling the loving hero father with this supposed maniac he used to be. And the fact that we are reminded of how bad he was constantly doesn’t help. The rest of the cast does as well as they can with the one dimensional characters that they are portraying. So overall a 4.5-5/10. Watchable but not special in any way. There are many better action movies out there one could watch instead.

  • “The Prince” was pretty entertaining to watch, but nothing new… It reminds me of the “Taken”-movies, but not as good. Like Jason said in the previous review, Bruce Willis and John Cusack have minimal screen time, that was a surprise for me. The action is decent (when it shows up, because most of it doesn’t take place until late in the movie). Lead man Jason Patric does an OK performance I think, but his character isn’t one that is very interesting.
    All in all, the action later in the movie made it worth it as a cheap source of entertainment for a short while, in my opinion, though not much more. Definitely not a bad movie, but I cannot recommend it neither!

  • Long time ago it was customary to offer Bruce Willis a leading role, because it was guaranteed that he would carry the whole movie and determine the success of the respective movies. He was also demonstratively placed centrally on a movie poster or video/DVD box, where he could look you right into the eyes in a penetrating way. A look with determination and one that shouted “Die Hard” slogans like “This movie is MINE. I own this movie. I’m the ruler in this movie, yippiekayee Motherfucker … “. You couldn’t resist it. You just had to see this movie in which Bruce “The Invincible” ruled.

    But those days are long gone. Willis has been degraded to a prop, a necessary evil and a meaningless ancillary character. He’s still in the foreground of the movie poster like yesteryear, but compared to his overall contribution and the importance of his part, this can be easily reduced to a tiny photo, so you can hear surprised cries when moviegoers look at the poster “Hey isn’t that Bruce Willis there on that tiny picture in the corner? “. Sadly, the last performances of Bruce Willis were as impressive as that of the Christmas tree in “Home Alone” or the snowman Olaf in “Frozen”. It was kind of necessary but not decisive for the success of the film (although I give Olaf more credit on second thought). Look at “The Cold Light of Day”, “Fire with Fire” and “Red 2” and you see him as a prop that is commercially exploited and who tries a new revival of the past glory as John McClane. “A Good Day to Die Hard” was just a mockery compared to the first “Die Hard” movies. A steel pin right through my heart. As a true “Die Hard” fan it was too sad for words.

    Luckily, he’s accompanied by another Hollywood star who has more downs than ups, namely John Cusack. Despite the monstrosities “2012”, “The Numbers Station” and “Grand Piano”, he manages to keep his reputation high due to participating in “The Raven”, “The Frozen Ground” and “The Butler”. Sadly enough his contribution to “The Prince” is also meaningless and minimal. I will always relate Cussack to “Serendipity”, how crazy that may sound ! His role in “The Prince” is merely limited to explaining the whole situation. That’s it.

    Jason Patric and Jessica Lowndes are the ones who steal the show in this film. But only till halfway, because from then on the show became tedious and boring. Paul is a retired criminal, who turned his back on the past and spends his days in a little town repairing cars. His illustrious past however brusquely reappears the day his beloved daughter (with a drug addiction) is abducted. It reminded me a little bit of Statham in “Homefront”. I must confess that the first half of the movie was entertaining. Paul who leads a seemingly common life and who can convince the seductive and tasty-looking Angela to take him to New Orleans, turns out to be a tough and well trained fighter who can stand his ground. The sangfroid and coolness can be compared with that of Bruce Willis, who we can admire in the beginning and who seems to be nothing more than a crazed,frustrated crime baron seeking revenge. But as the film progresses, it reminds me more and more of the ancient fighting games I played on my C-64. You had to fight against various opponents throughout numerous levels. As one progresses it becomes more difficult to beat the opponent. And in the end you are confronted with the final boss. Same here !

    Besides the fact that the whole story is fairly simplistic and boring, it’s the fact that “The Prince” is nearly untouchable which makes it unrealistic,implausible and terribly irritating. Once again a film in which the opponents use a lot of ammunition without even hitting anything, and the protagonist walks around like a spirit while shooting the total opposition into smithereens with some well-aimed shots . There is nothing so satisfying as seeing some confident posers with a big mouth getting their ass kicked. But if that same person can dodge bullets in a superhuman way, the fun is over. And “His Royal coolness” Willis was convincing at the start, but the moment he started sniffing at Paul’s daughter her hair like an old pervert, this feeling was immediately swept from the table. I’m afraid I’m going to avoid movies featuring Willis in the future, since it’s only used to promote an inferior film and exploit it commercially. I miss that “Yippiekayee”.

  • Supposedly, 2014’s The Prince was released in theaters via the United States on Aug. 22nd of this year. That’s news to me because I never saw any movie venue to remotely have it on its bill. Oh well, let’s just call this thing your standard straight-to-DVD saturation because of its generically dated (did I mention highly unoriginal) title and its musical score reminiscent of every freaking espionage flick ever made (even though The Prince might be more gangster related than anything else).

    Containing probably the most annoying character in the history of cinema (Angela, a flimsy damsel in distress played by Jessica Lowndes) and one of the most implausible as well (Mark played by entertainer Rain. He’s a trained killer, an assistant to the lead antagonist (Bruce Willis), and a guy who looks like he’s fifteen and can’t shave yet), The Prince is directed by first timer Brian A. Miller. With its paint by numbers screenplay and B movie cutting, “Prince” chronicles car mechanic Paul (played by Jason “I wish I could do a sequel to Rush” Patric). He works on cars in I guess Chicago but within twenty minutes, you know instantly that he wasn’t always a mechanic. About two decades ago, he was a gangster, an assassin, and one bad dude. And when he finds out that his college student daughter goes missing in New Orleans, he then flies down there with some vengeance on tap. He’s going to find out where she is (and find out who might have taken her), kill a bunch of bad guys along the way (kind of like what Arnold Schwarzenegger did in 1985’s Commando), and eventually run into an old rival (played by Bruce Willis, who’s character’s name is Omar, huh?) who’s life he supposedly ruined. While viewing The Prince (only if you have nothing else constructive to do), look for some phoned-in performances (especially Brucie until he overacts towards the end), an image of Chicago-style pizza which looks nothing of the sort (I should know, I live in Chi-Town), and a blink or you’ll miss it cameo by 50 Cent. Fiddy either needs to star in a good movie, stop taking on small roles in bad ones, or put out a new album, seriously.

    Now in terms of its screenplay, The Prince has one that will literally cause you to throw popcorn at all the actors on screen (check that, you’ll probably be watching it from home so you’ll throw microwave popcorn at all the actors on screen). It requires everyone to be aloof, pissed off, or flat out debased. Every bruised vigilant or supporting role tries to one up the other by being either too macho, steroid induced, or too testosterone fueled. I wanted to climb into the screen and tell them it’s only a movie and that there’s always anger management classes they could attend.

    The Prince also has its fair share of steadily violent shootouts and fistfights (probably the film’s only legitimate strong points). The breadth and width of them are impressive yet you still get the feeling that they are from the “been there, done that” variety. For instance, in one scene Jason Patric’s character (Paul aka “the Prince”) attempts to rescue his daughter from a drug house by killing everyone in the stylings of Travis Bickle (a la Taxi Driver). In many other scenes, Patric’s Paul becomes a One Man Army dispatching countless, cardboard villains (mostly henchman who work for Omar) without being fired at or remotely scratched up. I mean, he does get shot at the end (small spoiler) but the plot probably required it to happen. Basically, Patric almost comes off as 2014’s version of Chuck Norris (ugh!) and if that ended up being the case, my eyes would have completely rolled out of my head.

    All in all, I find it strange that three well known actors (John Cusack, Patric, and Willis) actually agreed to sign on to this hokum. I mean did they need a new hobby? Were they being charged with tax invasion and had to lawyer up? Or did they actually want to work together (oh maybe that’s it)? And what’s up with their appearance? Should the make-up artist be fired? Bottom line: Bruce Willis looks like he’s 70, John Cusack looks like he’s having a real terrible hair and face day, and Patric, well looks like he tied one on the night before. Anyway, there’s a reason why no theater would be willing to show The Prince. It’s not something you pay admission to. It’s more like the type of wide eyed fluff you’d wake up to (on cable) at four in the morning. So by that token, I’ll end this review by calling this “Prince” The Pauper and just be done with it.

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