In The Enforcer, a hitman (Antonio Banderas) develops a conscience after meeting a street fighter (Mojean Aria) and a runaway girl (Zolee Griggs).
A post-parole man’s conscience grows after meeting two different strangers. The Enforcers get a boosted acting shot with a solid performance from Antonio Banderas. It is valid as a killer to a point. What would be a clichéd, b-movie filled with more neon pictures, brutal shops, and lead-filled bravado? Kate Bosworth also comes across as a ruthless gangster who takes on gangsters. It effectively plays against the genre. There are a few glaring editing issues but not enough to detract from the overall entertainment value.
The Enforcer with blood-stained Cuda (Banderas) stares intently at the sunlight. We are then introduced to Satri (Mojan Arya) as he kills an archrival in an unseen battle. A prankster spots Vada and invites him to a Miami event with Big Boss. Passengers talk to Lexus (Alexis Ryan) as she waits. He is also Estelle’s cold-blooded (Bosworth) pawn.
Defector was transported into the first set with Cuda. He quickly learns that Cuda is the last person he sees as Estelle’s enemy. Cuda tries to get him to join his daughter Lola (Vivian Malkova) at school. She did not know that her father had been released from prison and did not want anything from her. Desperate, Koda hoped to celebrate her sixteenth birthday.
Cuda’s life changes when he sees Billy (Julie Griggs) shoplifting. He realizes that he has run away almost at Lola’s age. Cuda buys his food and stays in a dirty hotel for a week. Meanwhile, Estelle has a new job for her collection team. Freddy (2 chains) runs a trap house where women are kidnapped, drugged, and sold into prostitution. He earns money by publishing his nefarious activities on the dark web. Freddie’s crying and growing disgust remind him that Estelle always beats him. Trash goes to the hotel to see the cat but finds his room trash and the girl missing.
An Odd Pairing That Works
Cuda and Stray are an odd couple that really works. Arya, a Dead Ranger for Aaron Paul, respects Cuda as a mentor. He is brave in the street, trying to get a big result. Sticky Koda warns him not to look for an exit as long as possible. Koda is lucky to live this long. The Banderas makes sense in its relationship with the Cuda and the Lexus. But they are all slaves of the cruel master. Estelle is an alpha hunter who oozes competition and anger.
The Enforcer is not a wall-to-wall action film. Acclaimed commercial director Richard Hughes made narrative decisions with his first film. This gave Bonders time to develop the character of Cuda and change his heart. This is an important choice in the nine-minute fast. There are some surprising cuts in Hughes’ editing during the second semester. I think that’s where he decided to open up and let Bonders take the emotional burden. Cuda will not allow the cat to have sex. The Banderas turns his back on his wicked master. Bonders bring empathy to the organization.
Adaptation goes beyond defining the genre of films in depth. The audience gets a share of the violence but also cares about the characters. A surprisingly poetic ending separates Drake from a typical B-movie.
Enforcer is a production of Born From Birth Films, Millennium Media, and New Boyana Film Studios. It will receive a VOD and theatrical release from Screen Media Films on September 23.