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Just a simple action movie
2/4 stars

"I'm gonna extend the offer one last time. Give us the girl Or I will huff… And I will puff…"

The moment the amateurish group, which is hiding in a mall, starts gathering batteries and fabricating homemade bombs, the next phrase spontaneously came into my mind : "Home Alone in the mall". The only difference with this famous comedy is that there were no victims. In "Security" some will die. If this hadn't been the case, it could have rather been described as a comedy instead of an action movie. Occasionally I really had to laugh with the dry remarks made by Antonio Banderas.

Personally, I don't look at Banderas as a real action hero like Schwarzenegger or Jean-Claude van Damme. Granted, he was magnificent as the avenging angel El Mariachi in "Desperado". And he was a pleasant and comical addition to the army of retired action heroes in "Expendables 3". Here, Banderas seems to make an attempt to become a similar legend as the famous John McClane from the "Die Hard" saga. Not that it will be possible to match that, but the layout is somewhat similar. Instead of a tower building, the location was replaced by a really plastic and decorish shopping center. And just like Bruce Willis in the "Die Hard" franchise this ex-military, who's done quite some missions as special-ops I guess, has enough skills to stop a bunch of regiments just like Schwarzenegger in "Commando".

Antonio Banderas plays Eddie, an unemployed veteran with financial problems, who has not seen his wife and daughter for more than a year now. It was not entirely clear to me if PTSD had anything to do with it. Or was it because he couldn't afford a ticket to get to his distant family. In any case, this was an ideal motive to ensure that Eddie received an ungrateful, poorly paid job as a security guard in the notorious shopping center. And Eddie excels in coordinating a militarist plan to keep a girl in distress, Jamie (Katherine de la Rocha) out of the hands of an unscrupulous criminal called Charlie (Ben Kingsley). What follows is an outright flashback to the 90's. You could rent movies like this on VHS endlessly. Uncomplicated, no-nonsense action. Although it felt as a sort of slapstick at certain moments.

First of all, Antonio Banderas wasn't so bad in this mediocre movie. He was able to convince during the action packed scenes and, as I said earlier, was quite funny and made it very humorous. Unfortunately, they had to create a sort of melodramatic ending. Ben Kingsley was the right man to play the bad guy. And this because of his stoic look. Even though he seems to use this look regularly in his last films. For me, Liam McIntyre was the most striking figure. A rockabilly-like character with over-sized sideburns. Such a bigmouth and show-off who thinks he's in charge but when the sh*t hits the fan he rather steps aside. Fantastic acting which I really enjoyed.

Unfortunately, it's sometimes rather childish. It surprised me they didn't look for some crayons in the local toy store and started drawing a defense plan on a large white sheet of paper. Just like Kevin did in "Home Alone II". However, they had pink walkie talkies at their disposal. That looked quite cute. Oh well, this movie is suitable when you have some spare time during a Sunday afternoon. I only hope to see Banderas and Kingsley together in a more serious movie. I have a feeling this could lead to more memorable acting.

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