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      Traitor's Heart

      1999 1h 35m Action List
      Reviews An amnesiac (Bryan Genesse) begins a new life, but strange events trigger his memory and endanger his loved ones. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Audience Member The people who made "Traitor's Heart" knew how to detonate some terrific explosions, but they never solved the problem of writing a coherent screenplay about people that you can identify with or care about in the long run. The hero, Nick Brody (Bryan Genesse), has been suffering from amnesia for five years. Nevertheless, he has a beautiful wife (Kimberly Kates)and an adoring son who love him very much. While they are watching a fireworks display in New York City, their son wanders away, and they search frantically for him. Nick finds him and runs into a man who says that he knows him. Grateful for the man's help in finding his son, Nick gives the guy his phone number and promises to buy him a beer. The next day a different guy calls and warns Nick that he must meet him or bad things will happen. Nick backs out of a fishing trip with his father and goes to his workplace where he earns his paycheck by working on helicopters. The guy from the phone conversation shows up. Nick ignores most of what the guy says until the guy shows him a photograph of the helicopter crash that Nick survived. Now Nick has second thoughts about how he could have survived such a devastating crash. At that point, just as this stranger has gained a modicum of credibility in our hero's eyes, a helicopter hovers overhead and gunmen start firing bullets at them. The stranger scrambles onto his bus to drive away, only to catch a bullet in the back and crash into a couple of parked planes. A massive fireball inferno destroys the guy and the cops treat Nick like an idiot. Nick wonders now if he were in the army, but his wife claims that he wasn't. Even Nick's creepy therapist tries to convince Nick otherwise. Eventually, Nick discovers that he was an elite military assassin and that the military tried to wash their hands of him. At a climactic meeting with a presidential hopeful who was on board the U.S. Navy ship that launched the rocket that destroyed the helicopter, Nick has a confrontation with his right-wing nemesis. Naturally, this idiot talks about how much he loves America and wants to defend it. Nick swears up and down that he will release a confidential file on his exploits for the government that will bring this U.S. Congressmen down. The lily-livered politician botches his own suicide and somehow Nick ends up in court trying to defend himself on a charge of trying to kill the politician. Not only is this low-budget B-movie really incoherent but also the direction by Danny Lerner provides us with zero excitement. There is an interesting big city car chase that ends in another fireball explosion. We see the car turn a flip and then we see our hero emerge unhurt but shaken up. Later, he double crosses some shady government agents and jumps out of a helicopter and plunges into the ocean. Indeed, the stunt work is pretty good, the explosions are state-of-the-art, but the enigmatic script and the less than subtle acting sabotages everything. You know when a movie is in trouble when the first fifteen minutes leaves you wondering what the hell is going on. The villains are not very villainous either so the hero's job is not as challenging. Bryan Genesse looks like a young Russell Crowe but he lacks the skills of a good actor. He knows how to bulge his eyes, making pointing gestures with his index finger, but he cannot communicate his inner turmoil. The concluding courtroom scenes in this substandard saga are just plain silly, too. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis An amnesiac (Bryan Genesse) begins a new life, but strange events trigger his memory and endanger his loved ones.
      Director
      Danny Lerner
      Producer
      Danny Lerner, Trevor Short
      Screenwriter
      Danny Lerner
      Production Co
      Martien Holdings A.V.V., Nu World Services, Millennium Films
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 26, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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