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When it rains it pours

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Plot Overview

senior busA troubled policeman Cardillo (Emile Hirsch) pulls evacuation duty with female rookie Jess Peña (Stephanie Cayo) as a Category 4 or 5 Hurricane, Contessa, approaches Puerto Rico. They try to pry an obstinate ex-cop Ray Barrett (Mel Gibson) who doesn't trust hospitals, his loyal daughter Troy (Kate Bosworth) who won't leave him, a secretive old man Paul (Jorge Luis Ramos) with suspected Nazi ties, and an African-American cop-hater Griffin (William Catlett) who wants to feed his cat, from their multi-story apartment complex about to be inundated by the storm. When the professional looters arrive, it's fun and games.



Troy Barrett had started as a little girl to learn doctoring by “picking all of the bullets out of the birds and stitching up all the holes” from the Thanks­giving turkeys her dad used for target practice. Her skills stood her in good stead later in life, and she's a good illustration of the proverb about starting early in a small way. (Prov. 30:24-25) “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.”

(Prov. 30:26) “The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.” Location is important. Officer Cardillo made his way from New York detective to desk duty in Policia Puerto Rico to escape the shame from the mistake (“It was a good shooting”) he made in New York.

(Prov. 30:27) “The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.” To be successful it helps to have an unofficial support structure. Rookie Peña seized a fortuitous encounter with retired Barrett to ask for a reference to help her secure a promotion. All the good players in the storm banded together in various ways to help each other irres­pective of their official jobs.

(Prov. 30:28) “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.” The spider finds her niche through trial and error. The thieves keep looking for the loot until they find the right door.

Production Values

” (2020) was directed by Michael Polish. It was written by Cory Miller. It stars Emile Hirsch, Mel Gibson, and David Zayas. Mel Gibson was a riot as a seen-it-all retired cop on his last leg. Generally speaking the acting wasn't able to over­come the confines of the script.

MPAA rated it R for violence and pervasive language. It was filmed on location in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cinema­tog­raphy was worthy and made use of single-color themes: The black man with a black beard wore a yellowish shirt, owned a black cat, and had a mannequin in blue to stick pins in. The bearded ex-cop donned a bulky black vest meant to absorb bullets. The regular cops wore bright blue uniform shirts that turned green in the stair­well's yellow lighting, and one of them appeared shirt­less in the opening scene, removed his shirt twice on request in later scenes, and his pants once on necessity. The woman doctor wore pale “pajamas.” The hallway in a New York flash­back had regular lighting, not that it did the responding officer(s)—after he got his shirt on over his wife­beater—any good. His girl­friend was a mixed message and then she was history. The DEA resident's weapon cache was mounted on a solid red wall. The next apartment visited was floor-to-ceiling pink. The first victim was an old lady wearing a loud ensemble with a wide-brimmed floppy red hat. The transport van was white. The wall paintings reflected good taste, and some of them were master­pieces, of bloody provenance. What this color scheme amounts to is a mystery to me. Out­side it was sopping wet.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

Welcome to America
Now Speak EnglishPuerto Rico is a U.S. territory—not a state—located in hurricane alley, subject to violent storms. These can be devastating laying low the whole island for longer than it takes the states similarly hit to recover. In large part that's due to a poorly main­tained infra­structure. Here would seem to be a good opportunity for a movie to bring in needed tourist dollars by promoting PR as an exotic vacation destination. Alas, it doesn't seem all that exotic because you'd still be in America even though you might have trouble with the language as did the displaced New Yorker. But if no other escapist movies are playing, this one will do.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three and a half stars out of five.