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‘Boon’ review: Fleeting moments of action & tension make the save

Formulaic, but entertaining.

Boon is the story of a former hitman who is looking to put his past behind him. The titular mercenary has moved to the Pacific Northwest in order to move on with his life. A run in with a widow and her son force Boon (Neal McDonough) back into the way of life he is trying to atone for. 

The previous movie involving Boon was formulaic, but still managed to be entertaining. This story seems like it is trying to strike the same chord. The plot line follows familiar beats and rarely deviates from the norm. When it does move in different directions, it is mainly to showcase how adept the main character is at killing. 

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Even though it is predictable, the film still manages to inject a good amount of tension. The scenes involving Emilia Fitzgerald (Christina Ochoa) are particularly well done. This all leads to a final shootout that is as fun as expected. It is big and well shot and is a fine conclusion.

Still, it is hard to shake the sense that the movie is barely getting by. There is an overreliance on the kills while the characters are little more than caricatures. Aside from Emilia, there is not much to the villains – and apart from being deranged, there is little depth to her.  

This is probably the biggest issue with Boon. A story can get away with being formulaic if it gives the audience some sort of rooting interest. The heroes are defined in loose terms while the criminals are all one note. The film provides enough action, but somehow lacks the energy.

Boon will be available in theaters and On Demand and Digital April 1

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