Following a gunfight in which he unintentionally caused the death of a hostage colleague, the Texas Ranger Jim Dillon has retired to the small town of Horse Cave, where he was awarded the role of sheriff.
A quiet place, ideal for man’s will to never hold a gun again. The quiet of the place, however, is suddenly shaken one morning, when two motorcyclists make their arrival in the city. One of them is arrested after becoming the protagonist of a fight with the bartender Catie, Dillon’s girlfriend, but the worst is yet to come.
A few hours later, in fact, the city is invaded by a group of bikers, armed to the teeth, who intend to iron and fire the place to rob the local bank. Their leader Diablo also wants to get his hands on a security truck, which is nearing the city.
Dillon will have to break his oath and against a large number of opponents he will try to stop the threat before a real massacre takes place.
Ciak … action!
For those looking for pure and simple action, without too much logic or nuance, Disturbing the Peace – Under siege it could also be a morally acceptable view, due to its basic thinness and the multiple shootings that follow one another during the ninety minutes, scarce, that separate the opening credits from the closing ones.
For the majority of the public the operation, however, risks being really too obvious and repetitive, since removed the remorse that grips the protagonist, the story proceeds on a straight line, full of inconsistencies and forcing aimed at highlighting only the playful side of the story.
California director York Alec Shackleton, with a past as a documentary filmmaker and former author of the mediocre 211 – Robbery in progress (2018) with Nicolas Cage, directs “on automatic pilot”, without any flicker whatsoever that definitively inflames the showdown between the two parties.
All too simple
If, as mentioned, in fact, firefights dominate most of the hour and a half, there are no real twists, just removed an epilogue for once much less obvious and feel-good than usual. The management of secondary figures is compromised by the inadequacy of the numerous extras, who seem really taken from the street and put there by chance.
In Disturbing the peace – Under siege, available in the Amazon Prime Video catalog, the same, limited, city background is not used wisely, with an arrangement of the various locations in which everything does not always return and with the brief romantic interlude that frankly could have been avoided. On the other hand, in its being (in) voluntarily trash, it is tastier catfight between the two blondes all in one piece, belonging to opposite sides and at the center of a furious bare-handed struggle inside the church.
Strange that an actor usually attentive to the projects he takes part in as Guy Pearce chose to participate in such a ramshackle operation, but his charisma and relentless gaze remain at least among the few salvable points of the whole: at certain moments his eyes full of revenge and potential catharsis distract from the general inadequacy of the project.