B-movie Die Hard for Banderas
The first shift on a new job should, in theory, be easy. Finding your way around, getting to know the ropes and all that. Not if you’re Antonio Banderas it’s not. In Security, he’s a military veteran who’s been out of work for a year and eventually gets a break. A minimum wage job in a tough area as a shopping mall security guard. And, not long after he turns up, all hell breaks loose.
Well, it would, wouldn’t it? A distressed girl arrives at the mall, taking pity on her, he unlocks the doors. Turns out she’s the crucial witness in a trial and is due to give her evidence the following day. But there’s a gang after her who aren’t over keen on the idea. And it doesn’t take them long to work out where she’s hiding.
And if that doesn’t grab you as a storyline, that’s not surprising. It’s as pedestrian and routine as the rest of the film itself, with more than its fair share of predictable lines. Like Banderas having a daughter who’s much the same age as Jamie (Katherine de la Rocha), the girl who’s taken shelter in the mall. Or the caricature team of security guards he has to work with: the cocky Clint Eastwood lookalike with the Tin Tin quiff (Liam McIntyre), the terrified one who does surprisingly well when the chips are down (Chad Lindberg), the one who’s only doing it for the money and would rather be anywhere else (Jiro Wang) and the one who turns up with a hangover (Gabriella Wright).
Banderas himself isn’t much less of a cliché himself, the veteran with all the skills that makes him invaluable in a situation like this. Although, despite this being what looks like his very own Die Hard, he doesn’t resort to a grubby vest: a t-shirt, with just a bit of chest hair sprouting over the neckline, is more than adequate. Although it doesn’t prevent the thought of a certain comedy involving a mall cop coming to mind.
His adversary is Ben Kingsley, in yet another villainous role, this time with an extremely false-looking goatee. He’s meant to be a Brit – he uses the word “quid” in case we didn’t guess – but his accent wanders all over the place, starting in what sounds like Wales. Not that he gets involved in the action a great deal, spending most of his time either giving orders or listening to all the mayhem on his two way radio, eyes closed and apparently in a state of contemplation. More like Zen Kingsley, really.
Is there anything going for Security? Not really. Despite the main part of the plot supposedly taking place in more or less real time, it does nothing to ramp up the tension – because there’s precious little to start with. The soundtrack doesn’t help, sounding as if it’s been purchased off the shelf and the performances from Banderas and Kingsley are pretty much the numbers.
The film’s gone straight to DVD and digital in the UK. It’s pretty obvious why.
Security is on DVD and digital now.