Corrective Actions: Comic Book Nonsense Camby with Bruce Willis

Jonathan W. Hickman review

Director: Sean Patrick O’Reilly

Cast: Bruce Willis, Michael Rooker, Tom Kavanaugh, Brennan Mejia

Available in Tubi

Show time: 1 hour and 47 minutes

Bruce Willis stars as a character known as Lobe in Corrective Actions. He spends the entire film captive in a prison cell where he is threatened with lobotomy. A tool that helps prison keep The Lobe’s powerful mind in check.

There is no evidence that the producer had any idea that Willis had aphasia. This cognitive disorder is manifested in the difficulty of conveying thoughts through speech or writing. Since the announcement of his illness, the actor has retired from acting. Willis’s performance style, a kind of paused reversal while Darley hurled his lines, may have helped mask the effects of aphasia.

It is undeniable that seeing Willis in this role pushes the edge of good taste. Maybe, maybe that’s the point.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Willis has five films in post-production. The titles of these projects acquire a strange connotation in light of the actor’s retirement. One production is called “The Wrong Place”, another is “The White Elephant” and the other is “Paradise City”. This latest film, a revenge fantasy film directed by Chuck Russell (watch “The Mask”), co-stars with fellow “Pulp Fiction” alum John Travolta; It is set in Hawaii. If “Paradise City” is Willis’ last photo, one could do worse than retire on a sandy beach.

If one of these films is good or offers us a few traits of magnetic movie star Willis, delving into these films is well worth it. The late payment of the actor would give us nearly 18 films in just two years. It’s a great output for ironically forgetful movies. But I would probably watch several of them just to see a glimpse of Willis that I fondly remember when Nakatomi Plaza burned.

No matter where viewers fall about whether real-world connections are inappropriate, Willis’ limited appearance in “Corrective Actions” provides the film with some legitimate balance. Watching him in front of “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Michael Rucker is fun, as is much of the comic book bullshit in this low-budget entry.

Rocker talks repeatedly as he acts with Willis who is quietly listening. As the super-introspective villain The Lobe, Willis retains his patented stoic sense of control even as the powers around him mount. One wonders if this reflects the man away from the cameras. If Willis ever exudes anything as an on-screen presence, it was pretty cool to everyone.

“Corrective Actions” director Sean Patrick O’Reilly builds on his creative background for animation with this direct adaptation of the graphic novel by Grant Chastain. O’Reilly produced the film through his Canadian company, Arcana Studios. He’s been a prolific comic book publisher since 2004. For “Corrective Actions,” O’Reilly shot most of the film in Vancouver, with scenes shot by Willis in Atlanta.

Actions take place in the near future, where the mysterious “Pulse” endows man with supernatural powers. Of course, some recipients of these abilities use them for nefarious purposes. This criminal activity puts them in a maximum security prison run by Superintendent (Rocker). The facility’s most dangerous inmate is The Lobe, whose brain is so powerful that it threatens the planet.

Early sequences with stinging news anchors and later bickering reminded me of 1987’s “Robocop.” Director O’Reilly, who also wrote the screenplay, certainly hoped to stir up the atmosphere, and thanks to his tight budget, these news reports helped make the movie look even bigger.

This approach reminded me of how “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards started his now successful career with the devious romantic drama “Monsters.” This movie was a love story cleverly wrapped in a keiju subplot. We have mainly seen the gigantic creatures referred to in the title of that movie on the small television screens that are included in the broadcasts. It was an effective device that O’Reilly used during “Procedures”.

But no matter how ingenious the filmmaking may be, “Corrective Actions” is a thorny, deliberate story that reminds me of the golden days of Troma Studios when “The Toxic Avenger” and “Class of Nuke’em High” were popular. I recanted if I’d give this movie a “no fix” rating, but the second half is fun as the pandemonium erupts as the inmates figure out how to turn off the devices that remove their powers. If you know what you’re getting into, you can have a good time watching Creative Scales.

Given the exaggerated nature of this movie, the entire Willis/Lobe/Lobotomy issues are just a little less worrisome. Sure, it’s strange to hear Willis threatened with deliberate brain damage at the hands of a tyrannical observer, but Willis takes it stride, always maintaining his toughness.

Willis’ quiet splendor has given us many unforgettable movie sequels over the years, but his work here has me re-watching his exchange with actor Kim Coats in director Tony Scott’s 1991 film The Last Boy Scout. Coats, who plays a criminal in full snarling mode. , torturing private investigator Willis, repeatedly punching him.

Quietly Willis tells Coates, “Touch me again, and I will kill you.” What happens next shows us Willis at the top of his game – an actor capable of shocking us by instantly breaking out of his shell, letting the monster roam, then resuming his former sober behaviour. We get a little of that magic in “The Metrics”, and I suspect that as the last films of his career come out, there will be more hints of the actor’s allure even if the films themselves fail to make an echo.

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