Sneak Peek: Marauders
From Lionsgate Premiere: When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner (Bruce Willis) and his high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case — and the deadly heists continue — it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play. MARAUDERS stars Christopher Meloni, Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier. (Rated R)
Starring: Christopher Meloni, Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia Hull, Tyler Jon Olson, Texas Battle
Directed by: Steven C. Miller
Runtime: 107 Minutes
This transcript has been lightly edited:
The Referee: Oh, the Critic left me!
The Critic: Now, don’t believe these lies! (laughter)
Ref: He went to a screening without me — the Ref. How dare he! And, he went to see “Marauders.”
Critic: You were invited.
Ref: I know, but I couldn’t go. (laughter) It stars Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni — hello! — and Adrian Grenier. It is coming out July 1 in theaters and On Demand, and is directed by Steven C. Miller. It’s written by Michael Cody and Chris Sivertson. This sounds like a very interesting plot. You told me a little bit about it, but I’m eager to hear your thoughts.
Critic: Well, here’s what happens, all right? There’s a bank, and you know that it’s about to get jacked! So, that’s where we start. Now, the marauders — the title — who go into this bank, they ain’t playin’. All right? They’re not playin’. They are well-organized. They know how to hide their bodies, their faces, their voices. And, they are on a mission. They know exactly what they’re looking for. They know who they want to kill, who they want to keep alive, and what they want to steal. The question is: Is it just this bank, or is it more? So, what happens is: After they hit this bank and get out of there, Christopher Meloni — he comes in. He’s an FBI agent, a special agent in charge. And, on his team is a newcomer to the FBI, played by Adrian Grenier. OK? Now, Adrian Grenier is a smart guy. He’s young, of course, wet behind the ears. But, he was in the special forces, a soldier. Hmm. So, the two of them are trying to figure out who these guys are and why they did this heist. On the other end is Johnathon Schaech, playing a police detective. And, we know the FBI and the police, they are at loggerheads.
Ref: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Critic: Also, Mr. Bruce Willis, he plays a guy who owns a bank.
Ref: Yeah, right.
Critic: Yes. And, look, let me just tell you: His first scene — and this’ll give you the picture of the dialogue — there’s a spider on the glass outside of his office, and there’s a group of people who come into his office. And, he says, “You know” … This is basically what happens: He says, “You know, look at this spider. It climbed up. What floor are we on?” And, then, his assistant or the guy working for him says, “the 14th.” He says, “Yeah, it’s really the 13th, though, but we don’t call it that. It’s the 14th floor. So, this spider crawled all the way up to the 14th floor — 13th floor. And, it’s going to keep climbing, because it doesn’t know it’s going to be an end to the floors. And, that’s what this bank needs to do. It needs to keep going up.” This is what you get, OK? But, you know, if Bruce Willis is a bank owner, something’s up. So …
Ref: Something’s fishy.
Critic: Something’s fishy. So, we have all of these parts, playing around with this heist. And, there are further heists. So, the question is: Who are these marauders? Why are they doing what they’re doing? Is it for good causes or bad? … That’s enough. Now, let’s get to the performances. Bruce Willis, if you want to cast a seedy bank owner: Why not? Christopher Meloni: He’s done this before. …
Ref: Yeah, I mean, when is he going to stop playing a cop?
Critic: Yeah, but, I’ll say this: Casting-wise, they made smart decisions. Because, that script in other people’s hands really could’ve fell flat. Here, it’s OK. It’s kind of like: OK, it’s hilarious. You kinda laugh at it, but you don’t hate it. And, that could’ve happened. So, Christopher Meloni? Yeah, cast him as that guy. Adrian Grenier: He comes in. You feel what the whole team feels when you see him. You want to punch him right in the face. I think that’s exactly right. You cast him as that. You see this pretty boy, coming in here, trying to be a special agent. Mm-hmm. So, casting-wise? OK. …The first 30 minutes, I thought it was loud. It was fast-paced.
Ref: All right.
Critic: They were puffing their chests out. I mean, you know, for a summer movie? Yeah, that’s what you want. After that, though, they try to get into the story a little too much for me. And, it was just not enough for me to care, because I knew what the end was after that half-hour. I knew everything. And, I’m not even that kind of person.
Ref: Ah-hah-hah. Look what I’ve done.
Critic: That’s you. You’re right. I blame you. So, here’s the thing: I would say, this is On Demand, being released on July 1, as well as in theaters. You know, this is more of a rental, to me. Just turn the sound up, and you can have a good time. Otherwise, it’s not going to bring you anything new. … You know what I was thinking of, Ref? Just to end it. I was thinking of Tony Scott’s work — the late brother of Ridley Scott. That kind of work. I was thinking of that. I was thinking of Antoine Fuqua’s work.
Critic: You know, like “The Equalizer,” that kind of thing. It’s not that it’s derivative of those — it’s certainly nothing new — but it could fit in that world.
Ref: Well, it sounds like, if you enjoy heist movies, this one is an option if you’re just into a heist fit.
Critic: Yeah, it’s an option, but there are better ones. Like “Inside Man,” you start thinking of that! OK? Things like that. Is it horrible? No. And, they do throw in a lot of things. So, if you just want to try to guess what happens? OK. There you go.
Ref: Oh. Well, it looks like we got a pretty thorough understanding of (laughing) whether or not you’ll be watching.