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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Term Life: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Nick (Vince Vaughn) is a thief who plans heists for a living. However, when his last project ends with the death of his client, a Mexican cartel leader Victor (Jordi Molla) wants to settle the score with him. In order to save his skin, he tries to keep a low profile and find his estranged daughter Cate (Hailee Steinfeld) and bring her to a safe place. But, with the dirty cops framing him up to the crimes he didn't commit, he must find a way to clear everything up and start to a meaningful relationship with her daughter who knew that he never existed. 

Term Life is an average low-budgeted thriller that sets the audience to see a new and reinvented Vince Vaughn. We see him here playing out of his comfort zone and tries to get in a more serious role. Like Owen Wilson did in No Escape last year; Vaughn managed to portray his role well but there are times you see him uninterested in what he is doing. Hailee Steinfeld and a good complement for Vaughn to make the entire film tolerable. Its just a shame for it's supporting cast like Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, and Jon Favreau taking the back seat as their talents were wasted. 

As for the story, Term Life is overstuffed with a lot of things that made it a bit complicated. There are a lot of strings that are pulled and tied together but doesn't hold up in the long run. Still, Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld made the whole thing work. It has that entertaining moments to fire up the screen, even though it doesn't deliver bombastic action sequences. 

Overall, Term Life is a passable thriller flick. The action isn't that tight but the father and daughter drama between Vaughn and Steinfeld really worked well throughout. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld

Directed by:  Peter Billingsley
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide  



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