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Plot Overview

prayingThe movie opens with mob enforcer Cuda (Antonio Banderas,) bloody and wobbly on a Miami beach, facing the sunset while wondering if his life he's about to depart was worth­while. His recent stint in prison got him to thinking (“You wanna pray or some­thing?”) The movie fills in the gap between prison and this final reckoning.

David and Goliath

rooster and chickspudCuda has started mentoring his protege Ricky “Stray” (Mojean Aria) an Idaho-bred hick turned boat­yard fighter. He needed him to get the drop on hefty welter­weight “Slugger” who's in arrears to the mob. There's to be no mercy shown. Them's the rules.

shark Stray starts dating Lexus (Alexis Ren) a dancer at the club where he goes to get paid for the hit. He is getting him­self into treacherous waters.

busingCuda drops by to see his fifteen-year-old daughter Lola (Vivian Milkova) whom he's totally ignored until now. Thinking he's in prison she's surprised to see him when she gets out of school, but she brushes him off to catch her bus. He goes on to intervene in a shop­lifting incident at an Ocean Drive stand, to get a fifteen-year-old, colored girl Billie (Zolee Griggs) off the street where it's not safe for young girls to be. She'll later get snatched away from a safe haven by a trafficking out­fit looking for diversity (“They're forced to stream on the inter­net to creeps all over the world,”) but Cuda will spot her on his collection rounds and break trust with his criminal organization to rescue her. That puts them all in jeopardy.


When Cuda and his ex-wife Medina (Kika Georgiou) meet up at an art gallery, they note a Camaron Gaskell painting on the wall. He's a little known hermetic artist who “could have rivaled the greats” but was too shy to display his work. His land­scape looked good to me at any rate. It's similar to the saying, (Prov. 30:24) “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:” The unassuming role models in this picture could hold their own with the best.

(Prov. 30:25) “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” It's recommended to start work early, in the summer of life. Stray's criminal boss Estelle (Kate Bosworth) puts it to him, “Do you find knocking out bums for pocket change is a sustainable way to make a living?” No, but it's a start. Stray broke a critical hold in an opening match by employing moves he honed by dancing the worm in his younger days, which dance he impressed his girl­friend with.

(Prov. 30:26) “The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.” Location is ever so important. Billie ran away from a foster home in Atlanta for good reason, to hitch a ride to Miami for opportunity.

fishes(Prov. 30:27) “The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.” It's most important to have an informal support network to watch one's back. Stray, Cuda, Billie and Lexi will need to band together to thwart Estelle's hold, who considers them shallow water fish, easy pickings.

quartet(Prov. 30:28) “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.” A palace is a place that gets cleaned and swept regularly, so that spider has to take initiative and weave new digs when­ever that happens. She can be contrasted with a prison spider in a Seymour novel who is left alone:

A shared cell in the south-west block of the Poggioreale. A spider, huge, whose territory was the angles between the brick­work, the bars and the grimy glass of the window. It had a web that extended nearly a metre across and a half a metre high and the prisoners bet each evening, in cigarettes, how many new flies would be trapped in the day­light hours and eaten at night. The spider was esteemed and admired, its body the size of a matchbook. (169)
The palace spider enjoys no such protection.

Churchsnowboundred maple leavesred maple leavesRicky comes from a cold clime where “there are more churches than restaurants.” When there's a sweep in Florida, he should follow his mentor's advice and head north taking his friends with him. Try his hand as a grease monkey or something.

Production Values

” (2022) was directed by Richard Hughes. Its screenplay was by W. Peter Iliff. It stars Antonio Banderas, Mojean Aria and Kate Bosworth. Banderas anchors the film well struggling with his own demons. Bosworth makes one helluva bitch. The other actors are along for the ride.

MPAA rated it R for strong/bloody violence, language throughout, sexual content, nudity and drug use. There was excellent cinema­tog­raphy and set pieces; the soundtrack and score were primo; other­wise it was technically unmatured. It conveyed a dark mood with occasional action shots. Runtime is 1½ hours.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

If you can handle the dark side of criminality there are life lessons to be had from this one. We get to see weak people who need to be protected rise to the occasion. Its pace is like molasses, molasses heated in places.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Well done action flick. 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 stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture quotations are from the King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Print.

Seymour, Gerald. The Collaborator. Copyright © 2009 Gerald Seymour. New York: The Over­look Press, 2011. Print.