Bruce Willis in camo pointing a gun at the camera
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Wrong Place introduces us to Frank (Bruce Willis) over dinner with his wife, Maggie (Lauren McCord). The couple discusses their daughter Chloe’s (Ashley Greene) cancer diagnosis, drunk and sorrowful before driving home. Suddenly, Frank crashes into a deer, killing Maggie. This event causes Frank to lose his title as police chief, and then, the movie tactlessly pivots to his first day as a security guard. During his first week, he witnesses a drug-related murder committed by Virgil (Massi Furlan). Stopped by Frank, Virgil is imprisoned, motivating his son, Jake (Michael Sirow), to hunt down Frank. Overwhelmed by exposition? Me too. This heavy-handed opening leads to an even duller chase sequence that can only be referred to as tedious.

Wrong Place is a convoluted mess that struggles to connect disjunctive plot points as they dawdle their way to the movie’s inevitable conclusion. Director Mike Burns and writer Bill Lawrence’s tiresome action thriller relies on Willis’s name alone, but even the most die-hard Bruce Willis fans will avoid this movie. Wrong Place introduces unnecessary plot points, relationships, and sidebars so frequently that you can’t remember the last one. To top it off, the film phases in a complicated relationship between Frank and the new police chief, Captain East (Texas Battle), but in the end, this devolves into a poorly contrived redemption arc.

For a thriller to work, the audience needs to fear at least one character. Wrong Place struggles to communicate any urgency at all, and once Jake takes Frank’s daughter and her girlfriend hostage, it becomes painfully apparent that there is nothing to fear. From that point, you strenuously await the final confrontation. The film attempts to construct a thoughtful, heartwarming ending, but during the final moments of the film, the audience is reassured that they showed up at the wrong place. 96 min.

Wide release on VOD and coming to theaters