Yet another potential disaster – or The Razzie Awards nominee.
The Bruce Willis film Gasoline Alley is not getting a whole lot of love from critics. R-rated action thriller about an ex-con, trying to prove his innocence after being accused of a savage Hollywood murder, got a disastrous 9% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 critic reviews.
So what exactly is wrong with it, aside from, well, you know, being a typical Bruce Willis movie?
First – and, it seems, foremost – it’s the unfortunate screenplay that sets this particular house on fire:
While director Edward Drake tries to evoke an oddball neo-noir tone, his efforts are brought down by a clumsy and fatally bland screenplay that sends our hero on a journey that takes him from one forgettable character to the next before arriving at a shocking twist that I suspect will surprise very few viewers. – Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com
Then there’re questionable supporting characters and subplots:
There’s also a subplot with a love interest (Kat Foster) that’s completely unnecessary. There must have been more to the relationship that was cut. It ends up being useless filler in a bad movie. – Julian Roman, MovieWeb
And finally – cringe-worthy dialogue:
The hackneyed, excessively expository dialogue feels like placeholder chit-chat from a first draft that somehow made it into the shooting script. – Shaun Munro, Flickering Myth
There are at least a couple of nice touches – from references to the BLM movement to some inside meta jokes, – but it’s clearly not enough to redeem the film.
Gasoline Alley, also starring Luke Wilson and Devon Sawa, is out in limited theaters and streaming now.