Film: The Prince
Direction: Brian A Miller
Actors: Jason Patric, Jessica Lowndes
Their names may be above the title but don’t let that fool you. Saddled with insignificant supporting roles, Bruce Willis and John Cusack barely tap into their considerable talents preferring instead to just pocket their (presumably hefty) pay cheques. The real star (if he can be called that) of this kidnap thriller is Jason Patric.
An expressionless wonder, he portrays a distraught dad who high tails it to New Orleans to search for his missing daughter (Gia Mantegna, comatose). His mission puts him at cross-purposes with a drug lord, a vengeance-seeking mobster (Willis) and a battalion of brutes.
The shootouts and chases are staged so ineptly that it’s difficult to figure out who’s doing what to whom and why. Worst of all, not a single law enforcement officer can be glimpsed as the body count rises and public property is wantonly destroyed.
It’s almost as if the city’s police force has gone on vacation. Incidentally, cuss words have been bleeped from practically every sentence. Why not bleep out the dire dialogue entirely? That may at least have made The Prince more fun to watch.