review by Bobby Blakey
I love all things Ruby Rose from Orange is the New Black to Batwoman and all her action flicks in between. Now she is teaming up with The Professional aka Leon star Jean Reno for the new film The Doorman from The Midnight Meat Train and No One Lives director Ryûhei Kitamura. Could this action flick deliver on the trailer or will it fail to be a door worth walking through?
The Doorman follows a former Marine turned doorman at a luxury New York City high-rise must outsmart and battle a group of art thieves and their ruthless leader while struggling to protect her sister’s family. As the thieves become increasingly desperate and violent, the doorman calls upon her deadly fighting skills to end the showdown.
After seeing Rose in action flicks like John Wick and her series Batwoman I had no doubt of her ability to deliver on the action. On the action side she does a great job doing the majority of the fight and stunts herself. This is where the film works well and keeps you entertained. Some might think seeing her small stature that it wouldn’t be as believable, but she is strong confident and carries herself as such and it shines through in her performances.
The story itself is not anything you haven’t seen a hundred times over and serves as the backdrop to bring the action. It’s very much like a Die Hard theme in an apartment building. Sadly a lot of it comes off a bit flat and the characters aren’t overly interesting. Rose is good in her role bringing some depth dealing with PTSD as well as the action, but I guess I was hoping for more. I am always glad to see Jean Reno return to screen but the character was so unbalanced it just never worked for me.
In the end the film is a fine throwaway action flick if you are just looking to be entertained, but I think it is a missed opportunity for a deeper story that could have elevated the overall film. Decide for yourself and check out The Doorman available now On Demand and Digital and then on Blu-ray and DVD on October 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.