Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review: The Proposal (2018)

"Admit it: that was cool as fuck."

Star Marc Natoli says that line about half way through the action short The Proposal, and there's no better way to sum the film up. Although just 10 or so minutes long, The Proposal is everything an action fan could ask for.

In fact, the only complaint I've got is I wanted more!

Think 80s and 90s action flicks by way of Steven "I was thin once" Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme and you pretty much get the idea. There's a simple set up, in this case gun for hire Natoli takes his gal, the beautiful Kahli Williams, out on the town intent on popping the big question. Problem is, some assassins show up and ruin the moment. Toss in some fight scenes and one liners and you've got a party.

Natoli is a martial arts expert, and it shows. The fights are fluid, but not too showy. They look real, and painful, and are a lot of fun to watch. I approve.

Fallon's script hits all the right notes, taking a 90-minute concept and making it work in a short amount of time. And yes, the one liners are genuinely funny, which is what you want from a retro action flick.

This is a slick little movie that has the look and feel of a larger production. The camera work and production values are top notch, as are the performances. We don't have a lot of time to get to know Natoli and Williams as a couple, but I liked them and believed the relationship, which is crucial given the point of The Proposal

That's right, I mentioned relationships in a review of an action movie. Wanna fight about it?

I sincerely hope The Proposal is made into a feature film, as there's plenty of carnage and fun to be had with this premise. Now I'm gonna go watch it again. A Good for me!

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