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Cast: Nicolas Cage (Mandy, Leaving Las Vegas), Noah Le Gros (Depraved), Karolina Wydra (“Agents of Shield”), Mohamed Karim (A Facebook Romance) and Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality)

Director: Shawn Ku

Genre: Action/Drama/Thriller

Year: 2019

Rating: NR

Diagnosed with a fatal condition, Frankie Carver (Nicolas Cage) is released from prison after serving 19 years of hard time. With only a short time left to live, Frankie must desperately try to make amends with the son he left behind while he plots a bloody course of revenge - tracking down his old gang to make them pay one by one.

Frankie knows all too well what a life in crime means. He took one for the team as a young man and was only supposed to serve five to six years but ended up behind bars for 19. Now he is being released only because he is terminally ill. All he wants to do is reconnect with his son who is now a grown man and take revenge against those that screwed him over but his time is running out.

I am a big Nicolas Cage fan. He has been in a boat load of movies in the past few years. Some I thought were really good like "Joe" and "Mandy" while others were either bad or average at best and this one falls under average but it could have been a lot better if it had some better writing and direction.

The movie is known for its "twist" which might catch some by surprise but I think most are going to figure it out quite early in the film. I also felt the movie wasn't sure what it wanted to be. A revenge thriller or a drama about a dad wanting to reconnect with his son. Either one would have been good but the story keeps moving between both themes making it a bit of a mess at times.

Now what I did like was the acting. I thought this was one of Cage's better performances lately and I thought Noah Le Gros was good as well as Frankie's son. The rest of the supporting cast including Benjamin Bratt did a good job as well.

'A Score to Settle' is a good time waster especially if you like the cast but I think they dropped the ball here because it could have been much better. The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 24, 2019 with Special Features that include:

Story & Character

On set

Sins of the Father

Released by RLJE Films

** 1/2 Out Of *****