Manly Movies

Frank Grillo

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy    18 Jul 2014

R 103 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 125 votes

I didn’t much care for the original Purge movie. It had issues but my main problem was the intruders, the people besieging the house, hanging out on the front lawn. For that, they cast a bunch of catwalk models who were about as intimidating as a bowl of cold soup. Sorry, but if Rhys Wakefield shows up on your lawn with a bunch of young girls threatening your family, merely opening the door should see them off. ...

Homefront (2013)

Homefront (2013)

Homefront    27 Nov 2013

R 100 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 128 votes

I liken Jason Statham to a modern day Charles Bronson, coming off with a solid ruggedness in his movies despite not being particularly noteworthy in the acting department. For a long while Bronson had a string of low key violent action thrillers, where one differed little from the next. Simple plots where a man just wanted the quiet life, but there was always some pissant who just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Statham’s resume is similar and ...

Gangster Squad (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

Gangster Squad    11 Jan 2013

R 113 minReleased

6.7
IMDB: 6.7/10 195 votes

I didn’t have much hope for this movie. It looked like it had too many trending darlings in it. For example, Ryan Gosling, the leftist college nerds actor of choice. It also requires that you suspend belief and entertain the idea that the Government/Institution isn’t the biggest mob around. But then, the violence started. In the first few minutes. A woman is about to be gang raped and Josh Brolin goes all Raging Bull ...

End of Watch (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

End of Watch    21 Sep 2012

R 109 minReleased

7.6
IMDB: 7.6/10 263 votes

I expected this movie to be shit, or at least mediocre. A story about two hardass cops when the cast is that airhead Jake Gyllenhaal and that soft spoken FBI Agent from Shooter? Those two greenhorns would never convince us as men who could handle L.A. alleys at night. And worse, it was going to be ‘found footage’? I should’ve looked closer, because this movie was done by David Ayer, who is now off my shitlist ...

Wolf Warrior 2 (2017)

Wolf Warrior 2 (2017)

Wolf Warrior 2    27 Jul 2017

Not Rated 123 minReleased

6.2
IMDB: 6.2/10 513 votes

Starring: Wu Jing, Frank Grillo, Celina Jade “They say violence never solves anything. But it sure is fun.” So says mercenary Big Daddy (Frank Grillo) in this 80s action throwback from director Wu Jing. Now that big, adult oriented action movies have become something of a scarcity amongst all the leotard-wearing, city-pummelling trash and physics-defying, kid-friendly Vin Diesel/The Rock starring vehicles that Hollywood puts out, it’s become necessary for the more discerning viewers amongst us to look further afield for violent action ...

Wheelman (2017)

Wheelman (2017)

Wheelman    20 Oct 2017

TV-MA 82 minReleased

6.4
IMDB: 6.4/10 256 votes

Wheelman (2017) If you’re going to try the gimmick of filming an entire (most of it) action/thriller from inside a vehicle, you really need another gimmick on top of that. Maybe even two, such as some type of big and interesting narrative twist and a unique sense of speed that you can only experience inside hurtling car. We don’t really get either here, unfortunately. Frank Grillo plays the title character, who must deliver two criminals to a bank heist, then ...