The Midnight Man (2016) (DVD Review)
Directed By: D.C. Hamilton
Starring: Will Kemp, Brinna Kelly, William Forsythe
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Cinedigm
When Grady, an assassin with a genetic disorder that renders him unable to feel pain, is sent on a high-stakes assignment, his world is turned upside-down after an attack when he awakens to discover that he can feel pain for the first time in his life. With the clock ticking and his greatest asset gone, Grady will go head-to-head with his greatest fears and unspeakable enemies, while experiencing a tactile world he never could have imagined.
The Midnight Man is a bit of a campy action movie that does do some neat things here and there, but it also gives off the vibe that it is trying really hard to be cool. Will Kemp is probably the hands-down best part of the movie, as he plays our leading man who has been using his ability to not feel pain to his advantage. When that goes away it opens up a whole other type of situation for our lead and the story remains interesting enough, even if it fails to really blow us away as well. The movie does offer up a whole list of names I’m sure you would have heard of before now, from William Forsythe to Brent Spiner to Doug Jones. Don’t get me wrong, the movie remains one that you want to finish as you watch, but at times things just sorta feel a little off and I’m unsure if it because of the plot or just the way some of the characters are that keep holding this one down.
For fans of blood in movies, you do get a bit of that here. We see nails go through hands and other violent acts that might help keep you on your couch watching. Maybe it could have used a little more of that, but then again being a horror fan I wouldn’t mind if they had went through gallons of the stuff. This is far from a Quentin Tarantino or Guy Ritchie crime flick, but you feel it kind of really tries to be one of those types of films, which it doesn’t manage to do. Will Kemp certainly comes across as a guy who could fit well into such movies and he tries his best with this, but it just doesn’t hit those levels. If you like action movies in general, you could probably kick back with some pop-corn and watch this without feeling like you’ve wasted your time, but you shouldn’t expect too much out of it.