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American tough guys - Panama (2022) - Review

An ex-marine is hired by a defense contractor to travel to Panama to complete an arms deal. In the process, he becomes involved with the U.S. invasion of Panama and learns an important lesson about the true nature of political power.

Mel Gibson is doing his best to creep back into Hollywood showing up in these smaller budget movies playing supporting characters that don’t really play a big part in the movie. Cole Hauser plays the lead and is a CIA operative in Panama during the uncomfortable times of unrest in Panama. Mel Gibson plays his handler but is only in the movie for a handful of scenes. Cole is the one carrying this film but it seemed more like a way to pump up the ego of the actor than a good story. I like Cole Hauser as an actor. His range is thin, but the brooding tough guy role suits him and fits him well. From Pitch Black to Yellowstone he has kept that tough-guy role and uses it here in the same way. My frustration with this film was the story. I felt the casting was done well, but I never really cared at all about the story they were telling. A broken soldier is given another chance to help in Panama after his wife is killed. Made no sense at all. Sunday afternoon time killer at best. Do better, Mel. I am waiting for Lethal Weapon 5...hurry up and make that.

Ranking 5/10

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