Corrective Measures (2022)

Based on the comic book Corrective Measures by Grant Chastain, this movie was directed and written by Sean O’Reilly, who is the owner and operator of the comic book company Arcana Studio.

The majority of filming took place in Vancouver, Canada.– except for a day of shooting in Atlanta, GA with Bruce Willis, who plays the not-in-general population criminal Julius “The Lobe” Loeb.

San Tiburon is a super prison — literally, for supervillains — created in the wake of an accident caused by a company that now, ever so conveniently, runs the prison. Diego Diaz (Brennan Mejia) is the new inmate who gets in over his head when he protects Loeb from the vigilante Payback (Dan Payne, who was Dollar Bill in Watchmen) and earns the ire of Overseer Devlin (Michael Rooker, chewing scenery and not caring in between convention appearances).

Tom Cavanagh, from Ed and the Reverse Flash from the TV show, is the best part of this movie, playing The Conductor, an inmate who shows the empathic Diego how to survive. Daniel Cudmore, who was Colossus in the Brya Singer-era X-Men movies is in this as Diamond Jim, while Kat Ruston, Kevin Zegers and Hayley Sales make up the support staff of the not-unlike Belle Reve prison.

I really wanted to like this. I understand that Willis was limited and therefore, his performance comes off as weary instead of Hannibal Lecter, guiding the riot from solitary confinement. This movie also pulls a The Astrologer by having its wildest idea — a Phantom Zone that takes the Christian idea of Limbo and applies it to solitary confinement — be dashed off and forgotten just like the window to the galaxy that Craig Marcus Alexander shows off to his accountant. It does, however, have the best way to handle Willis. When taken off into solitary at the end, wearing a power negating helmet that looks like Xorn from the X-Men, they cover his face — it’s probably not even him and the body double used in some shots — they just ADR his voice over a mouth that doesn’t move. The Italian exploitation industry would be proud.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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