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The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend

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Plot Overview

tombstoneA white elephant is a lavish gift so costly to maintain as to be undesirable. Crime boss Arnold Solomon (Bruce Willis)'s trust­worthy hench­man Gabriel “Gabe” Tancredi (Michael Rooker) is a friend as well as an employee, which makes it hard to “retire” him early when he proves unreliable. He'd been weeping over his wife's grave rather than accompanying his apprentice Carlos Garcia (Vadhir Derbez) on a critical mob hit, as a consequence of which there were two cop witnesses that have to be eliminated as well.

soldierWE is like the story of Goldilocks and the three bears: one bed was too soft, one was too hard, and the third one just right. Det. Lance Koschek is a 52-year-old unmarried cop who doesn't bring his work home with him. He was a soft target. Glen Follett Esq (John Malkovich) is the slimy mob defense lawyer/ancient Greek scholar/accountant who leaves town when he sees his “legitimate business” turning into a mob war. Gabe and Carlos end up in a pistol duel (“like a f@cking Western”) pitting experience against quick reflexes.


high ballThe other cop witness Vanessa Flynn (Olga Kurylenko) is an Afghanistan vet not so easy to take down. Further­more, she could be the poster child for, (Eccl. 4:9-12) “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall with­stand him; and a three­fold cord is not quickly broken.” She and her partner Lance had a “good reward” on their stake­out having each other to talk to, although to be sure one was into football and the other a hockey fan. They could also admire each other's trophies: Lance's a hunter's spoils on the wall and Vanessa's her souped-up Mustang in the driveway.

They had each other's backs, though in Lance's case it was too little, too late. But Vanessa redeems her­self when teamed with her next partner.

Dirty cop Walter Koschik died alone a cold John Doe not having his dirty cop partner Daley there with him. Vanessa slept alone on the run in cheap motels until she joined a new partner in his get­away car headed for his redoubt. The new partner was her adversary until in researching her he discovered she had some­thing in common with his beloved deceased wife, then he was on her side.

Production Values

“White Elephant” (2022) was written and directed by Jesse V. Johnson, with additional dialogue by Erik Martinez and Katharine Lee McEwan. It stars Bruce Willis, Olga Kurylenko, and Vadhir Derbez. The acting was mostly adequate except for that of Marcus Lewis playing Big Mike the fight instructor/advisor. He could fight better than he could talk. He was probably miscast with dialogue not suited to his normal dialectic speech, and he was unable to ad lib.

WE is unrated. It contains mob/military crude language and gory/bloody fight scenes but is not sexualized. The cinema­tog­raphy, violence, and action was B-grade top notch for what it's worth. It has a runtime of 1½ hours.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

David and Goliath

The action in WE is of a cop who is ex-military pitted against former military bad guys, both sides armed to the teeth and trained to the gills, and Vanessa having been a fire­arms instructor. The action is not the usual hail of fire mostly off-target but of well-disciplined military action with superior numbers pitted against a desperate good guy, all in an urban setting. That's the most this film has going for it, which is saying a lot if action is your bag. Enough said.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability for children: Not rated, they couldn't afford the process. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Better than watching TV. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three stars out of five.