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A Score To Settle          review by Bobby Blakey

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Over the years Nicolas Cage has had a string of interesting films to say the least. I have always been a fan of Cage, but recognize that a lot of his films of late have been less than stellar. More Recently though he has had some that I have really dug including Mandy, Mom & Dad and his voice over role in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. Now he is back with another drama/thriller in the film A Score To Settle co-starring Benjamin Bratt, but does it offer up that something special to standout or will it be vengeance not worth taking?

A Score To Settle follows Frankie Carver an man diagnosed with a fatal condition who is released from prison after serving 19 years of hard time. With only a short time left to live, Frankie must desperately try to make amends with the son he left behind while he plots a bloody course of revenge - tracking down his old gang to make them pay one by one. For the most part this is a pretty by the numbers Cage film, but thanks to an interesting twist it helps it to stand out a bit to something more than I had expected.

Cage is pretty good here and always good and taking on parts that deal with a lot of emotions. He is just one of those actors that despite how good the overall film is he seems to go all in every time. This one struggles a bit to find its balance initially as it juggles two stories at once. As it plays out they become more intertwined and helps to make the story stand out more than it might have otherwise. While it ended up being a decent flick it still suffers a bit in pacing and overall execution. I think most of this is just too much trying to get stuff in without enough time to really let them all work.

This is far from a big return for Cage, but is one of the better films he has done in a while. Maybe it’s my love from all things crazy from Cage, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I applaud him for taking on all kinds of roles and look forward to seeing what other off the wall performances he throws out with these kinds of films in the future. Grab your copy and decided for yourself when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 24th from Summit Entertainment.  

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