Acts of Desperation (2018)

Alan Grilo is a police officer struggling to do his job because all he can think about is how his wife might be cheating on him. Then, there’s Glenn Kolasa, a bank thief who is dealing with Alan chasing him down as well as two blackmailers. Everyone gets pulled into a dangerous and violent cat and mouse game between these two men.

Director Richard Friedman may not be a household name, but around here, we celebrate him for Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge. He also directed several episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series and Tales from the Darkside, along with movies like Doom AsylumScared Stiff and Death Mask.

This movie has some unexpected star power, as Paul Sorvino is in it. Jason Gedrick is the lead as Grilo and you may remember him as the lead from Iron Eagle way back in 1986 and Backdraft.

I really liked the actor who played Glenn, Treva Etienne. He’s been in a variety of films like Bad Boys IIPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Black Hawk Down in smaller roles, but as he finds a star role here, he really goes all out.

Character actor Vince Lozano also appears and produced. You may know him from roles in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl or TV’s The Last Ship and American Horror Story.

This movie has some really fun little touches, like the blackmailers’ handwritten letter and the different people that Grilo interviews about the bank robbery, like the lady obsessed with playing poker. And the blackmailers make the whole film.

This was way better than I thought it was going to be. I’d compare it to a low budget version of Crash.

Acts of Desperation is available on DVD and On Demand. For more information, visit the official Facebook page.

Disclaimer: The PR team for this film sent it to us, but this has no impact on our review.

1 thought on “Acts of Desperation (2018)”

  1. […] Scared Stiff started as a Mark Frost script (the second Frost written movie we’ve covered this week, along with The Believers), but grew into complete lunacy, packed with every single shock tactic possible, from exposed brains to body horror style transformations and pre-CGI digital effects. It was directed by Richard Friedman, who went on to direct Doom Asylum, Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge and the recent Acts of Desperation. […]

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