Movie Review – Flinch (2021)

Flinch, 2021.

Written and Directed by Cameron Van Hoy.
Starring Daniel Zovatto, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Buddy Duress, Tom Segura, Steven Bauer, David Proval, Michael Drayer, Adam Lazarre-White, and Cathy Moriarty.



A younger Hitman who lives along with his mom catches emotions for the witness of a homicide he commits.


Flinch is concurrently uncomfortable and misguided (no matter its far too late last-ditch effort to flip the story the wrong way up) however that’s not essentially the explanation this writing and directorial debut from Cameron Van Hoy is a misfire. It’s a given {that a} hitman born into a lifetime of violence goes to be considerably stunted relating to creating romantic emotions and whatnot, so there’s nothing improper with the straightforward idea of a killer falling in love with a wonderful assistant related to a lethal assassination. The failure is all within the characterization that by no means paints both of those characters past broad strokes and lame plot reveals. Flinch just isn’t uncomfortable in a great way, it’s uncomfortable in a cringe approach; it’s like Fifty Shades of Gray meets any dime a dozen hitman story with a touch of poorly mimicked Drive.

Paying off some money owed to the California legal empire his father was as soon as part of, Joey Doyle (Daniel Zovatto, who’s nonetheless respectable at taking part in the brooding sort) is proven to be stealthy with pinpoint accuracy relating to infiltrating areas and taking out targets. His subsequent goal is assassinating a metropolis council member, whereby a part of the stakeout includes him stalking the aforementioned fairly assistant Mia Rose (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), a process he turns into barely obsessive about. Nonetheless, within the execution of the mission, issues don’t go as deliberate. The homicide half goes tremendous however Joey finds himself kidnapping Mia and taking her hostage again at his residence. Why doesn’t he kill her, you ask? Nicely, she doesn’t flinch within the heated second, which fits on to be a distinguished matter of dialogue that isn’t solely pressured however so empty you’ll develop into irritated on the title of the film.


Right here’s the place issues take a tonal nosedive: Joey additionally lives along with his cantankerous mom (Cathy Moriarty), hoping that after finishing sufficient jobs he will probably be out of debt and in a position to buy a seashore residence for the each of them. That’s all tremendous and noble, however the dynamic right here between the characters is one thing out of a TV sitcom that doesn’t gel with the very actual dilemma of what Joey ought to do concerning the lady he has tied as much as his mattress. Talking of that, there’s additionally some neon lighting within the room and implied BDSM innuendo, all of it coming throughout gross contemplating Joey loves a girl he doesn’t know the very first thing about. Once more, there’s nothing improper with having a personality socially maladjusted relating to forming romantic connections, however for almost all of the film, it’s simply creepy with no actual objective.

What could be mentioned is that the character of Mia is sometimes resourceful, intent on doing no matter is important to outlive the state of affairs. She doesn’t at all times make the very best selections (particularly contemplating she has extra data of the state of affairs than she leads on), however one second involving fireplace is pretty intelligent and interesting. On the identical time, Flinch feels prefer it’s dishonest together with her characterization, and never all the pieces about her actions provides up by the point the credit roll.


For these in search of some respectable motion, Flinch does present obscene quantities of blood from stab wounds and victims flailing round wildly on the penetration of each gunshot wound. There’s not loads of shootouts, however after they do happen they’re as boisterous as Joey’s mama attempting to speak some sense into him. The ultimate motion sequence additionally has clear and concise cinematography rendering it enjoyable to look at. As for the character of Joey Doyle, he’s not as complicated as Flinch thinks he’s or wants him to be; it’s all formulaic and can in all probability go away you petrified and detached.

Flickering Fantasy Score – Movie: ★ ★ / Film: ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Movie Critics Affiliation and the Critics Alternative Affiliation. He’s additionally the Flickering Fantasy Opinions Editor. Examine right here for brand new evaluations, observe my Twitter or Letterboxd, or e mail me at [email protected]


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