The first trailer for Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson's new police drama Empire State has been released. I like cop and heist films, and this one looks ok. There's a reason it's not getting a theatrical release. The movie also stars Liam Hemsworth, Emma Roberts, Nikki Reed, Michael Angarano, and James Ransone.
Johnson is a pretty heavy hitter at the box office, so interesting to see that Lionsgate isn't going to give it a theatrical release. Perhaps because it looks like Hemsworth gives a poor acting performance? I'm convinced the guy can't carry a movie. Here's the story summary:
After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), settles for a security guard job with the EMPIRE STATE Armored Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company’s lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano), and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the abundant amounts of cash being stored there – resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. History. As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit James Ransone (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail, as well as the local crime bosses that want to know who pulled a job on their turf, or suffer the consequences.
The movie will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on September 3rd. Does it look like it will be worth renting?