High Heat means nicely, however it isn’t the caliber of film it goals to be. Director Zach Golden efficiently executes his motion set items, however except for that has little to supply in the best way of visible flare. The bland script penned by James Pedersen has little creativeness and thinks it’s funnier than it’s. The solid is filled with acquainted faces, however even Don Johnson (Watchmen) can’t save High Heat from itself. Though it’s well-constructed, there simply isn’t something particular about High Heat.
Ana (Olga Kurylenko) is a chef and her husband Ray (Johnson) is her enterprise companion. It’s opening evening at their restaurant and whereas Ray is schmoozing with clients, Ana is stressing over each element within the kitchen. The couple makes it by means of the night, however simply when they’re about to shut store for the evening, Ray’s previous buddy Dom (Dallas Page) sends a gaggle of individuals to burn the place to the bottom. Ana and Ray should reveal intimate secrets and techniques about their pasts if they’re going to make it by means of the evening. Ray admits he’s in critical debt to Dom and Ana admits she was within the KGB. Ray takes a backseat and watches as his spouse hunkers down for an all evening shootout.
Movies that happen in a single evening often have an inside observe on a stable, if not good, script. When simplifying even the shortest film all the way down to this components, the success fee of those movies could be very excessive, all issues thought of. The tone of High Heat is gentle, however it has aspirations to be extra and drops the ball at any time when it tries to be dramatic. Even when the jokes are profitable, the plot pushes ahead in a method that steps on what would in any other case be a great joke.
High Heat’s cardinal sin is making an attempt to show each humorous cameo right into a “fully fleshed” character. There is just no want for it, neither is there any time to realize this in an 84-minute film unfolding over the course of 1 evening. Comedian Jackie Long is probably the lone instance of success on this regard. His character is humorous, however not overused. The precise reverse is true of each different performer. Silicon Valley alum Chris Diamantopoulos provides a genuinely comedic efficiency, however his plot line is prolonged far previous the purpose of being comedic or attention-grabbing. Ironically, all of that is in service to construct a John Wick-like world of assassins that fails miserably. And if the intent was to be extra of a style-driven jaunt the likes of Ocean’s Eleven, there was neither the gravitas nor the imaginative and prescient to make that occur.
The one really superior factor about High Heat is the battle sequences Olga Kurylenko is part of. The motion, in contrast to the comedy, is used sparingly and solely when utterly needed, leaving the viewer wanting extra in a great way. Her solely actual match is the unnamed squadron that lays assault on her restaurant. But even in scenes the place she is torturing Long’s character, the 2 have chemistry, and she or he delivers in any second that’s pushed by motion.