Gibson has long been removed from the Hollywood A-list, a shame given how good an actor he is. And he is good in this movie, which is essentially Die Hard in An Apartment During a Hurricane. In Puerto Rico, I might add.
Thing is, Gibson probably shot his scenes in a couple of days, and he's basically hit the Cranky Old Man part of his career, which is a shame. But he appears to have fun in the flick, which pits art thieves against Emile Hirsch and Stephanie Cayo's cops. Gibson is a former cop and Kate Bosworth his daughter, a nurse who happens to be on site when the hurricane hits and the art thieves show up.
The problem is 95 percent of the movie is totally forgettable. We've seen this before, done better, in many different movies. One-location action movies are fine, but director Michael Polish doesn't inject much energy into the proceedings, nor are there any real set pieces to thrill us action fans. Some fist fights, a few shootings, and that's it.
Hirsch isn't much of an action hero, but he's still a likeable presence. Cayo and Bosworth fair much better, and are easy on the eyes. I know. I'm a filthy Conservative. Sue me.
Force of Nature is for undemanding action fans and Mel Gibson completists only. It's a Bad, and one that's already fading from my memory.