27 September 2023

Gasoline Alley

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Director: Edward John Drake, Defiant Screen Entertainment.

Justice gets dirty, especially when you have Bruce Willis (Die Hard franchise, The Sixth Sense, Pulp Fiction) back on deck as he teams up with Luke Wilson (Idiocracy, The Royal Tenenbaums, Blue Streak, Old School) and Devon Sawa (Little Giants, Casper, Now and Then) in this tough action-thriller.

Desperate to clear his own name, a man implicated in the savage triple murder of three Hollywood starlets begins his own investigation. He enlists the help of the two homicide detectives already hot on his tail, putting his life on the line to expose a conspiracy more explosive than any of them imagined.

Detectives Bill Freeman (Willis) and Freddy Vargas (Wilson) interview tattoo artist Jimmy Jayne in the course of their investigations into a mass murder, after a lighter inscribed with his studio’s name is found at the crime scene.

From the makers of Midnight in the Switchgrass and Boss Level, Gasoline Alley presents itself with neo-noir elements. Drake moves the story forward at a brisk pace and throws in a bit of humour about self-awareness to balance out some violent bits.

Luke, brother of Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris), and Sawa lend good support to Willis.

Australian-born director Edward John Drake has already worked with Willis on three other films: Cosmic Sin, Breach and Apex. Drake, who co-wrote the script with Tom Sierchio, adopts a lean-and-mean lens that places focus on the characters, showing them reckoning with their pasts.

  • Gasoline Alley has been launched on Digital, Blu-ray & DVD

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