Apex, A New Sci-Fi Movie of Bruce Willis

Apart from being an iconic action hero, Bruce Willis has been in a number of noteworthy sci-fi films, with The Fifth Element, Looper, and 12 Monkeys all becoming genre-defining classics in their own right. Willis has been busy lately, with projects like Midnight in the Switch Grass and Survive the Game among them. Unfortunately, the final outcomes were varied, or at best, average. However, Edward Drake’s Apex, also known as Apex Predator, places Willis in a position that deprives him of his former splendor, culminating in a science fiction thriller that is dull and derivative in plot and execution. Apex is a stupendously uninteresting, pathetic ghost of what a gritty Bruce Willis action film may have been, stretched out mindlessly to pad the length.

Apex begins in the middle of a hunt, with a gang of hunters hunting a man through the forest’s depths. When one of the hunters kills the victim, billionaire Samuel Rainsford (Neal McDonough) collects the man’s head as a personal trophy. Because of a crackling transportation technology and the presence of West (Alexia Fast), who only emerges in holographic form throughout the film, the visual cues imply that the events of Apex are place in the future right away. Apex is described as a shadow entity separate from the “actual” world that hosts games on a private island in which hunters are allocated a prey that must be slain within a certain amount of time. When West is hired as a gamekeeper at Apex, she is seeking for a challenging prey for the next game when she learns about ex-cop Thomas Malone (Willis), who is now imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

Malone is introduced as a guy who has eluded death through almost supernatural means, demonstrating a tenacious will to survive against all circumstances. Despite initially rejecting West’s offer, he eventually agrees to take part in the hunt since he is promised that if he wins, he will be set free. As the game begins, six hunters gather at the cabin to debate tactics for overwhelming their prey while underestimating Malone’s ability to survive. Rainsford, of course, is one of them, and the others are scared of him because of his cold-blooded attitude toward life and his brutality in claiming his trophies. The hunters enter the arena separately after being given access to cutting-edge weaponry by West, but things quickly turn nasty when they start turning on each other owing to personal ego, deep-seated grudges, or a simple lack of human decency.

While Apex’s premise appears to be very generic, the plot could have been a springboard for a spectacular action thriller, assuming that the film contains all of the necessary pieces to make it work. Malone is seen idly walking around in the forest, listening on the hunters’ talks and tripping on radioactively altered berries without a care in the world, in a perplexing narrative shift. This decision drastically changes the tone of the picture, as the excellent opportunity to feature Willis is squandered in favor of inane arguing among the hunters, who stab, pummel, and blow each other up without provocation, making it much easier for Malone to make it to the finish.

Malone, on the other hand, is a non-entity throughout Apex, doing little except near the end, which falls flat when compared to the build-up. Although McDonough’s character is set up to fail during his big showdown with Willis’ character in the end, he is fearsome as the vicious Rainsford, establishing an aura of ominousness with perfection. The language is heavy-handed and absurd at points, with the refrain “I’m an apex warrior!” being repeated to exhaustion, and the action sequences, while well-done, are neither compelling nor credible in a visual sense. Apex’s world-building is given insufficient care, and the sci-fi portion of the picture appears to be an afterthought rather than a driving force, resulting in a dismal, mediocre letdown.

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