Writer/director Aaron Harvey is late to the game with CATCH .44, which the Blu-ray cover touts as “in the tradition of PULP FICTION & THE USUAL SUSPECTS”. In the tradition it may be, but don’t for a second think CATCH .44 is in anyway a noteworthy addition to the canon. It’s just a low-rent potboiler, with lots of wannabe “hipper-than-hip dialogue”, mixed in with burst of extreme violence and seventies pop-tunes, that is just a pale imitation of far, far better films.
The only saving grace here is the cast, which is pretty damn good for a film like this. Bruce Willis has fun in a small, sleazy role, although he really only has two big scenes. Forrest Whitaker seems to be having fun flip-flopping into different accents (including a funny, if a wee bit racist, Latino one)- and Malin Ackerman, as always, is not only easy on the eyes, but also manages to sell the dialogue better than most other actresses I can think of.