(David A.R. White, Jeff Fahey, Burt Young, Brighton Sharbino, William Baldwin, et al / DVD / NR / 2020 / Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
Overview: A contract killer, becomes the reverend of a LA church, until a cult leader and his minions kidnap his daughter.
Blinded by vengeance, he cuts a bloody path across the city. The only thing that can stop him is his newfound faith.
DVD Verdict: Aaron Beckman is finished – done with a life lived in the shadows as a cruel gun for hire. Now, his soul cries out for healing, peace, forgiveness and grace.
In desperation, he appeals to the church and is welcomed by an ailing pastor like a long-lost son. However, his journey towards salvation is cut short when his adopted daughter is kidnapped by a deranged cult leader named Reese.
Blinded by rage, Beckman sets off on a dangerous rescue mission and is forced to revert back to his old violent ways. The only thing that can stop Beckman's rampage is his faith – but will he remember it in time to save his soul?
Well, my friends, if you like your action OTT and yet firmly straddled between coarsely believable and completely unbelievable, then 'Beckman' is the movie for you!
Right out the gate we get a taste of what's to come and sure, when one finds religion one tends to slow their collective roll, but then, when one gets angry again, yep, we're back running at full throttle for one hell of a movie!
'Beckman' also features a pretty decent action storyline that keeps you entertained and always rooting for the good guy to win. As for the whole premise of the movie, the theme of a hitman turned Preacher who has to turn back to his former life to rescue his adopted daughter from the bad guys, sure, it pans out long enough to become something you cannot turn away from.
But, of course, all these types of movie have that one, B-movie star that just doesn't seem to age, but whoes acting doesn't seem to get any better either!
Here that is the one and only Billy Baldwin who, and not to give too much away here, runs a so-called cult, and as much as his acting is off the charts chock full of cheese, I actually wish they had spent a wee bit more time fleshing his storyline out, in truth.
Regardless, he's not really that much of a menacing villain, for, well, he came across more of a reluctant pacifist to me, but he does manage to bring something threatening, some psychological padding to his role and the storyline therein. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• Feature commentary with writer/director Gabriel Sabloff and executive producer/star David A.R. White
• The Making of BECKMAN: Faith and Hope Amidst the Storm
• BECKMAN Bloopers
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