Assault on Wall Street is a fantasy about guns, and revenge, and taking down Wall Street biggies who live high on the hog. Cross Margin Call (2011) with Death Wish (1974) and you’ll have an idea. Only those films had something going for them. This film has nothing going for it.
Said another way – cross Main Street with Wall Street and you’re not going to get a win/win scenario.
Dominic Purcell stars as Jim Baxford aka “The Working Man’. Baxford works for an armored car service. He’s married, he’s well liked, and while he’s not by any means wealthy, meaning he is decidedly working class, he does own a house complete with mortgage payments, he has a wife, and he’s got some money invested in some of Wall Street’s newest can’t miss investment products.
But things change: his wife gets sick, and it costs a fortune to provide her health care. He’s got health insurance through his job, but things go from bad to worse when the insurance carrier trots out its coverage cap. This means they will only pay so much per month. So the bills begin to pile up as does their use of credit cards.
He gets a notice of his flexible mortgage rate kicking in, meaning the rates have gone up drastically. Then his brokerage account is basically wiped out because the brokerage firm put him into some bad investments.
The bills continued to amass. He owes a balloon payment of 60K on his mortgage which he doesn’t have. A lawyer he consults, played by a cartoonishly awful Eric Roberts, won’t lift a finger until Jim brings in a 10,000 retainer fee. He’s advised to file a complaint with the District Attorney – only this guys blows him off.
And when you think things couldn’t get any worse – they do.
In fact, collection agencies are already in play, and then a judgement is filed against him, and an order of garnishment of his wages is set in motion. When Jim reports to work, he is told that a bonded courier company cannot employ a man with financial worries, so he loses his job.
There’s more bad news, but you’ll have to see the film to learn what that is. And that is about the first 55 minutes of the 97 minute movie. Then there’s the planning stage, and finally – the assault, Much of the time, we watch Baxford struggling with his thoughts, staring into space, unable to make a working plan to get himself back on his feet, before deciding to shoot first, and not ask any questions.
We do get some nice views of the NYC waterfront, skyscrapers, and the like. But all the scenes requiring acting were shot in Vancouver including John Heard who we all remember and loved as the father in Home Alone, delivering a 2013 version of ‘let them eat cake‘. See if you can guess what his fate will be.
Where ever he turns, Jim Baxford is facing two things – his life is going down the tubes, and the Masters of The Universe, those Wall Street tycoons, continue to live the high life. Main Street heads for the dumpster, while Wall Street continues to pump out riches for the few.
This is a definitely a combustible mixture.
Directed by Uwe Boll, the film is nothing special at all. It opened on May 10th of this year, and it already out on DVD. The LA Times called it a bust. Actor Dominic Purcell as Jim Baxford hasn’t much in the way of a script to work with. In fact, even his wardrobe was terrible.
Have you ever seen anyone wearing such an ill-fitting shirt?
Eric Roberts, John Heard, Keith David, Michael Pare, and Edward Furlong, who was the kid in Terminator 2, round out the cast. I’m still scratching my head trying to figure why these folks signed on to work for the notorious Uwe Boll who not only directed this film, he also wrote it. Maybe he financed it too. Maybe Wall Street wasn’t kind to those actors either.
I’ll rate it at one point five out of five, and suggest that you ‘invest’ your time in a more worthwhile project.