Brendan Fraser Must Protect His Family in the Thriller 'Split Decision'
It's been a long time since Brendan Fraser was in anything even approaching watchable. He appeared in the Oscar-winning Crash back in '04, but that movie carries such a negative connotation in the film world that it may as well have been directed by Brett Ratner. I'm actually a fan of Stephen Sommers' first The Mummy, but that came out all the way back in 1999. So it seems Fraser is either due for a hit, or doomed to continue his downfall. It looks like the latter is coming to pass, since THR reports he's taken a lead role in Split Decision, a B-movie thriller as a father who must protect his two kids from two deadly murderers.
The killers are set to be played by "Prison Break" star Dominic Purcell and "My Name Is Earl" actor Ethan Suplee, but it's not them that trouble me about this project. Writer/director Damian Lee has spent his career making C-level action movies that you might find in a Wal-Mart DVD bin, working with "stars" like Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, and Christian Slater. It's tough to get excited about this film when you look at this guy's directorial resume and realize he's been working in the industry for over twenty five years and hasn't made one recognizable movie yet, so I'm not holding my breath for this one. There's also the fact that the kids in Split Decision witness a murder, a plot device so tired and worn out that it seems to perfectly fit with the whole sub-par vibe of this project. This one has a lot riding against it, but we'll see if it can overcome the odds and turn into something worth our time.
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Former A-list actor(?) going to star in a B-movie, directed by a C-list director.... Did anybody not get that?!
Ron on Aug 1, 2012
As the article pointed out, since The Mummy Brendan he has been in okay projects. Some of the past few movies I couldn't bare to watch, especially Mummy 3. Not because of him, just from how badly the films were directed/written. I wish he could go back to his earlier work like School Ties and Blast From The Past, or another good action movie....maybe this is setting him on the right path again. Good luck, Brendan!
Katy Cacolice on Aug 1, 2012
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