For today’s article, I thought I’d bring some attention to a movie that the Edwards boys watched recently: an extremely fun action film, Shot Caller.
Any Game of Thrones fans out there? If so, then you’re probably familiar with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a Danish actor who portrays Jaime Lannister in HBO’s mega-popular series. And, if you’re like me, you probably aren’t familiar with any of Coster-Waldau’s other works. Well, one day while trying to find something to watch, my brothers and I decided to watch this movie’s trailer. It was a typical cheesy action trailer, except it had Jaime Lannister playing an everyman who goes to jail and has to harden up to survive. Simple stuff, but we decided to watch it anyway.
And it was totally worth it. This movie was so fun: Coster-Waldau’s fake American accent keeps changing, the plot is like a GTA game mixed with Tobias Beecher’s story from Oz (literally, it’s the exact same – they stole it), the background characters are hilarious, and it features great character names like Redwood of the Brand, which sounds more like a Game of Thrones character’s name than any name I’ve ever heard.
The plot is silly, but it still manages to be all over the place, and, at times, impossible to follow. The basic plot is that Jacob Harlon (Coster-Waldau) is a well-to-do stockbroker who lives a perfect life: he’s got a wife, son, and friends, and he’s on his way to a ballgame with aforementioned friends and wife when, after having a few too many, he runs a red light and results in his friend’s death.
He then has to serve a sentence in jail, where he quickly finds out that he has to harden up or else he’ll suffer even more than he already has. He soon aligns with the Aryan Brotherhood and rises up their ranks, becoming more and more of an evil bastard as time goes on. It’s definitely not the most original plot, which is probably why they felt the need to pepper in some confusing details, which I shall not discuss here.
There’s also a subplot with his parole officer, which is, honestly, the most boring part of the movie. Harlon, whose gang name is now “Money” (get it, cause he was a stockbroker), quickly becomes the main “shot caller” for the Aryan Brotherhood after killing a few people. He gets released from prison and orchestrates some big arms deal or something, and his parole officer tries to sabotage the whole thing. This part of the movie was boring and confusing – the best stuff, by far, takes place in the prison.
That’s all I wanna say about the plot, because I don’t want to spoil this movie for anybody who wants to watch it. What I will say, is that this movie is unintentionally hilarious – especially if you’re familiar with Coster-Waldau’s character on Game of Thrones. The best part of the movie is when he orders a breakfast and his accent suddenly breaks into a southern drawl, even though his accent was neutral in the rest of the movie. Also, Bottles is another unintentionally hilarious character, especially his quick stabbing kill during a prison riot.
All in all, if you want an action movie that you can laugh at and have fun with, I can definitely recommend Shot Caller. However, if you want an action movie with an engaging plot and intense, dramatic acting, this probably isn’t the best one to pick. It’s certainly not a bad movie, but I’ve seen better action movies, and Oz does the well-to-do dude turned prisoner storyline much better than Shot Caller. Overall, I’d give this movie a 6/10: nothing special, but entertaining.
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