Crime, Thriller
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Steven C. Miller
Nicolas Cage as Eddie King
Tamara Belous as Janet
Abbie Gayle as Alexis
Christopher Coppola as Buddy King
Jared Bankens as Skittish Man
Kelton DuMont as Young JP
Todd Jenkins as Pawn Shop Owner
Lydia Hull as Lizzie
Sean Paul Braud as Mr. Kuchar
Catherine Ashton as Bartender
Abbie Gayle as Alexis
Storyline: A powerful action thriller, ARSENAL tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers, Mikey (Johnathon Schaech) and JP (Adrian Grenier), who had only each other to rely on growing up. As adults, JP found success as the owner of a construction company, while Mikey became a small-time mobster, mired in a life of petty crime. When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by ruthless crime boss Eddie King (Nicolas Cage), JP turns to the brothers' old pal Sal (John Cusack), a plain clothes detective for help. In order to rescue his brother, JP must risk everything and unleash his vengeance against King's relentless army of gangsters.
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Cage is the sole reason to watch this....
Mikey and JP, had only each other to rely on growing up, after their Uncle committed suicide.

As adults, JP found success as the owner of a construction company, while Mikey became a small-time mobster, stuck in a life of petty crime.

When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by a ruthless crime- lord called Eddie King, JP turns to their old friend Sal, a plain clothes detective for help.

In order to rescue his brother, JP risks everything and unleashes vengeance against King........

When a features Cage in nothing more than a small supporting role, and his name is strewn across all promotional material, and more or less ignoring the other stars, you know this film is pretty desperate to catch a cinematic release.

Just of late, Cage has made some impressive films. Army Of One was one of his finest performances in years, and Trust and Dog Eat Dog, whilst not cinematic masterpieces, had Cage on top form.

Now I may be bias, but I am a Cage completest, and although I know he has made some terrible films in the last five years, I know the man can put in a really good performance when he wants to.

Here, it's not one of his greatest roles, but take away the stupid wig and even sillier prosthesis, he's harking back to his psychotic persona that made his performances a joy to watch.

The rest of the film and cast though leaves a lot to be desired, Grenier hasn't the looks or the intimidation to play somebody bound to vengeance, it would have been a lot better and convincing if Schaech swapped roles with him.

And then there's John Cusack, really not looking like he knows what film he's in, another wonderful actor who appears to be coasting for the majority of the film.

The use of slow motion is pretty inventive, but believe me, I've never seen slow motion this slow since 2012's Dredd.

It's not going to get Cage any new fans, but personally, I thought his maniacal persona as Eddie added a little bit of spice that this film needed.

If your a Cage fan, I urge you to see it, if your a Cage hater, see it for his daft wig and nose.
Pretty bad
I really didn't know anything about the movie and so I didn't have any high expectations. Not like people who actually looked at the cast and saw John Cusack and Nicholas Cage there. Yet it still disappointed, with the slow boring script and the pointless scenes.

This should have been the side story in a police procedural episode, not a standalone film. There were interesting shots, especially at the end, so I can't fault the director too much. The acting was OKish, mostly from Adrian Grenier and Johnathon Schaech (man, when did he get so massively ripped?!). Nicholas Cage played one of his wacky roles, but he wasn't interesting, threatening or amusing, simply weird. And Cusack is a supporting role, just as Cage, to get people to watch the film in the first place.

Bottom line: the subject alone has been done to death, so the film needed something extra to make it interesting. They tried with the cast, but without a good script, it is just a waste.
Really bad Nicholas Cage time
Let Me start by saying that I like good shoot em up violent crime movies, but this was not one of them by any stretch. It's going to be hard to comment on anything other than how BAD Nicholas Cage was in this movie. I will start with the false nose. I had trouble figuring out if I was watching Pinocchio or Cyrano De Bergerac or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. And to make matters worse, the wig He was wearing was almost as bad. You would think that the costumer could have at least TRIED to make it work. I don't know if his moustache is fake or not, but it looked dumb also and don't even get me started on that bad accent. The acting was really horrible as well, I mean this guy won an Oscar for keerists sake! And a well deserved Oscar it was too. This makes the second terrible film I have seen Cage in over a couple of months. The other movie was Dog Eat Dog with another actor I used to really like Willem Dafoe. I turned that one off before it was over also. I went back and finished this one just to see if it could get any worse. I like John Cusack quite a bit too, but he is a non starter in this one and we don't see much of him in it anyway. He looks kind of silly saying F bombs like he is some kind of tough guy. I'm all for foul language used appropriately, which in this movie it is NOT. The movie sound was pretty good, if the movie was not involved and I liked some of the slo-mo gunshots and carnage. Finally, the two brothers can't throw a baseball for shiite :-) Bad Movie, Bad Nicholas Cage, BAD!
VIEWS ON FILM review of Arsenal
2017's Arsenal is my latest review. At just over an hour and a half, it feels irrelevant and contains blackish cinematography. More importantly, it's a turgid, bloody mess.

Arsenal stars Nicolas Cage and John Cusack. These are two guys you rarely see in commercial movies anymore. They wear sunglasses the whole time, perhaps to indicate that they're embarrassed to be on screen. I don't blame them. Arsenal ain't no surprise sequel to Con Air people.

Arsenal also stars Adrian Grenier. Like in his TV show Entourage, Grenier's trouper takes care of, and/or succeeds his older brother. Grenier at age 40, literally looks like he's in college. Seriously, what's that dude's secret?

Finally, Steven C. Miller is Arsenal's schlock director. As a D-list monger, he has a routine. His movies mostly have one word titles, his movie posters all have the same Sicario-like resemblance (look at Extraction, Arsenal, and Marauders), and he lets other, Hollywood aspirates write his scripts for him. The only thing missing from Miller's latest is paycheck happy, Bruce Willis. Oh wait, Willis is set to appear in Miller's upcoming First Kill. Hmm, I can't wait for that one.

In regards to watching Arsenal, you can tell that Steve Miller has a real hard-on for sensationalized violence. He's "The Joker" or just a joke (subtle musical reference for ya). His film may be listed as a crime thriller but it comes off as nasty horror fare. There's jilted camera-work, slow-motion images of bullets, and slow-motion depictions of overdone bloodletting. Characters endure beatings and torture so outlandish, you'd think they'd land in a coma (but they don't). It's all so perverse and utterly ridiculous.

The plot, which includes a long-winded flashback between young bros, is about kidnapping, drugs, mob ties, and southern chic (Mississippi to be exact).

Arsenal has Nic Cage playing a hammy crime boss named Eddie King (that sounds original… not!). He looks like a 1960's relic with parted mop top and Marlboro mustache in tow. Meanwhile, Jonathon Schaech channels Mikey Lindel, the dude King takes hostage. Schaech with unrecognizable scruff and standoffish demeanor, comes off as the poor man's Jon Hamm (ha ha). Adrian Grenier (mentioned earlier) takes on the role of JP, a successful business owner who turns cutthroat trying to save Mikey from the clutches of Eddie. Lastly, John Cusack sort of phones it in as blowy confidant and dirty detective Sal. Johnny boy was probably too busy worrying about his Chicago Cubs (and their inevitable World Series title) to push his performance. There's a shocker.

In conclusion, I'm not sure why this movie is titled Arsenal. I guess it's because there are some guns involved. How convenient. How avant- garde. Oh and how the heck did I get duped into paying $7.99 to watch this thing. Ugh! Rating: 1 and a half stars.
Dump and uninteresting.
Poor Adrian Grenier. This movie was not the best laid plans for a future as a leading man.

The 1st clue was Nicolas Cage himself. I like Cage and all but he tends to suck the very essence out of a film with his over the top bad acting.

Grenier plays the good little brother trying to make sure his bad big brother gets on the right path after being on the wrong one for so long. Semi ironic as it's big bro who 1st introduce baby bro to the right path. It's a story I literally herd a thousand times, in fact I think I've seen at lest one movie a week with this subject. The stories of the two brothers is weak, and not implemented very well by the filmmakers or the actors playing them.

And there was absolutely no point for John Cussack to be in this film. They could have saved some cash and gotten someone else. Spend it on some better action scenes.

So Grenier's leading role status is up in the air. I hope he has an awesome real life entourage he can lean on.

It's a skipper.
Brother-Bonding Film is a Disappointment
In the bonus segment of the DVD, director Steven C. Miller described the film as depicting the deep ties and loyalty in a family. Indeed, the start of the film has good potential for the lifelong bonding of two brothers, Mikey and JP.

Mikey was the older brother always looking out for little JP. The boys had a rough upbringing and JP never forget the protection provided to him by Mikey. Now, as adults, the roles are reversed. JP is lending a helping had to Mikey, who had a drug addiction problem, financial burdens, and the pain of a divorce.

So far, so good.

But, the film suddenly lurches away from the human and family element into a predictable and excessively violent action picture. When Mikey is kidnapped and held for ransom, JP must find $350,000 (later awkwardly changed to $200,000) in a matter of days.

The vicious local don, played by Nicholas Cage, even plans to kill both brothers, as well as take the ransom money. This part of the film lapses into gratuitous violence. It also features a grotesque, over-the-top performance by Cage, who wears a black wig.

The promise of the relationship of the brothers was never fulfilled in a film that was a veritable arsenal of cliché characters, violent action, and a smarmy ending.
Extreme Bloody Violence
Nicolas Cage portrays another over-the-top cartoonish character here, as he plays Eddie King, a sadistic and psycho mob boss who talks like he's always constipated and sports a horrific looking hairpiece. He decides to kidnap the screw- up brother (Johnathon Schaech) and extort his straight arrow successful brother (Adrian Grenier) for 350K.

Often in the film, there's extreme brutal bloody violence, sometimes in slo-mo, and, as expected, lots of explicit language and on screen drug use. The movie is directed by Steven C. Miller with a first-time screenplay from Jason Mosberg.

Overall, unless you like intense bloody violence or wants to laugh at Cage's character here, I don't really see the point in one viewing this flick.
It's an okay time waster, but don't' hope for anything more
Call it a brother love, blue collar descends to crime collar movie. Cusack and Cage obviously slummed to do this. If blue collar life now equals drugs and one or less parents, lets hear it for Hollywood stereotyping. I can see why Cusack maybe had to do this. He isn't seen much anymore. But Cage still seems to be working. The whole reason for this movie, is a big question mark. Is it to feature this new actor Grenier? Who knows? The script tries for Tarentino and fails. The Grenier character, J.P., somehow has unexplained combat skills, even though he just owns a construction company. His business partner has a neck brace on later into the movie, but that is never explained, just inferred. And the brothers get away with what they get away with at the end without, well, any explanation at all. Is it worth the watch? Only if there isn't anything better to watch. Or if you have anything better to do Cage's and Cusack's presence are what no doubt will lead people to watch this. But you will be disappointed if you want to see something up to the level of these stars.
Very rude of you to rate these movies so low
Arsenal (2017) surprisingly got a theatrical release in my home country of Poland. I was very happy to get a chance to see Nic Cage on the big screen again after a long break. At the other hand, I was a little worried by such a low rating on this website.

Gotta admit, the movie was not great but I got involved in the story and I enjoyed a couple of Mr. Cage's freak-outs. By the time I left the theater, the rating here dropped to 3,9 which made me really mad!

Seriously, you guys!? I mean, did this movie hurt anybody? It's just that some people got a relatively small amount of money to put on a show for your enjoyment. Mr. Cage does all the stuff that he does only to make you smile and all of you think that you're so smart but you just don't get it! I'm very sorry for you.

Was it the violence maybe? Well, there's a section for that here on IMDb so if you don't wanna watch it, you don't have to. Normally, I'd give this film a 6/10 rating, maybe +1 solely for Mr. Cage's appearance. I'm giving it a 10, though, just to even things out.