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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Disturbing the Peace 2020 * * 1/2 Stars

Disturbing the PeaceDirector: York Alec Shackleton
Year: 2020
Rated R
Rating: * * 1/2 Stars
Cast: Guy Pearce, Kelly Kelly, Michael Sirow

2020's Disturbing the Peace is my latest review. And no, it has nothing to do with loud noise complaints, Matthew McConaughey playing bongos naked, or a hardcore party going on.

Released in January of this year, echoing a Hells Angels sentiment, and written by an actual federal agent, "Peace" is helmed by the guy who made 2018's mediocre 211 (Mr. York Alec Shackleton). Shackleton picks up right where 211 left off. Bank robberies, lots of hailed strafing, endless shootouts, and racked machismo abound.

Image result for disturbing the peace 2020 movie scenesStarring the likes of Memento's Guy Pearce (doing an OK Southern accent) and featuring direct-to-video auteur Devon Sawa, Disturbing the Peace is like an all over the place, B-movie Western. It can also be called Heat (or Den of Thieves) for the pseudo, Mayberry crowd.

So yeah, I was enthralled with "Peace's" fast-paced, empty slickness. And yes, there were a lot of beautiful, badass actresses involved (Barbie Blank, Kelly Greyson). Still, Disturbing the Peace can't masked its weird camera angles, its community theater acting from the supporting cast, and its overly vacant direction. Shackleton needs to graduate from the doldrums of triviality before he can venture into Michael Mann territory.

With a working title of Gunfighter and distributed by six companies (Momentum Pictures being one of them), "Peace" has to do with a biker gang who wants to reek havoc on a small, fictitious town in Texas. They want to rob a municipal bank and steal from an armored vehicle that happens to carry a crap load of money.

Image result for disturbing the peace 2020 movie scenesAll in all, Disturbing the Peace is never unvaried and it gives new meaning to the term, "death in broad daylight". I just wish director Shackleton didn't feel the need to rehash the bullet-ridden tropes of "raging Cage-ing" 211. Mentioned earlier, that flick wasn't really great to begin with. Rating: 2 and a half stars.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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