A new movie release shows how an actor can make or break a movie.
“War Hunt” 2nd Year Stars: A US military cargo plane crashes behind enemy lines in the middle of the German Black Forest in 1945. The task of securing the plane’s secrets falls to Major Johnson (Mickey Rourke), a ruthless leader of men.
He sends his bravest soldiers – led by Sergeant Brewer (Robert Knepper) – on a rescue mission to recover the top secret material the plane was carrying. Joining the team is Walsh (Jackson Rathbone), a soldier who is a man of mysteries.
The soldiers soon discover hanged Nazi soldiers and other corpses bearing ancient magic symbols. What started as a military mission quickly becomes a battle against supernatural forces.
Combining elements of a war and horror movie works because both are driven by violence. In this case, the fight is against both a human and a supernatural enemy.
Rathbone does a good job of providing the thread that ties the two genres together. The problem is that the seam is continuously torn by Rourke. He fell into the habit of playing surly characters in movies and that performance has grown old and tired. Rourke is about to kill the movie because his work is so laughable.
There’s still enough tension between the war and horror elements to make the movie work. “Warhunt” opens in theaters and will be available on digital platforms from January 21.
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