REVIEW: Assault On Wall Street (2013) - ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Assault On Wall Street (2013)

assaultwallstreetfullmovieI must confess to being a Uwe Boll sceptic at one point.  I’d always suspected that there was more to him though, that he might be a troll. And after viewing this it was pretty much confirmed that he is, but that he can apply himself as a bit of a craftsman too.  The movie has poor promotion, on the surface, combined with Boll’s poor reputation, the cover suggests a trashy actioner.  It’s anything but.  Turns out this is an introspective, patient and touching piece of political commentary.  Part ‘The International’, part ‘Death Wish’, it also has a thrilling and violent climax.

Unbelievably, this movie holds an approval rating of just 25% on Rotten Tomatoes.  This, from a site that holds The Avengers at a baffling 92%.  It just goes to show what influence the power of commercial (and even cultural!) conformity has.  That, and a crate full of ‘review copies’ arriving via Fedex from the studio on your doorstep.  The benefit of writing for a small site like this though, is that you can tell it like it is.

Any working man will love this story.  After bankers, brokers, speculators and all around kleptocratic scum ride the economy ’till it crashes, Dominic Purcell loses his sick wife because he can’t pay her medical bills.  So he heads on down to Wall Street with a fucking machine gun.  Get ’em, Dom. Now consider this, overrated movies like The Dark Knight and Iron Man have bored billionaires beating up terrorists – I can’t be the only one who feels patronised by this – but in contrast, in ‘Assault on Wall Street’ our hero is a working man, a security guard who works by the hour.  And he’s going straight for the jugular and the source of all problems.  Ain’t nobody got time for CGI-riddled propaganda in his world, the man has real problems.  Having lost his wife, having had his house wrongly foreclosed, somebody is about to pay.  The people that Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne have lunch with are about to be terminated with extreme prejudice.

Not that this movie is a gratuitous snuff movie.  Not at all.  As I mentioned above, it’s understated and shows respectable restraint.  There’s one scene where the security guards are on lunch break and are discussing how the ‘one percent’ are the real criminals and are ruining their lives.  This scene is outstanding, it has the temperament, acting and class from an episode of ‘The Wire’ yet conveys a message of Realpolitik.  This lucid tone is used to build Purcell’s dire situation for the first two acts, before he lets rip in the third.  The manly retribution?  It could barely be more satisfying.  Purcell, in the performance of 2013 and playing a military veteran, is the wrath of fucking God.  The massacre is prolonged, competently directed and satisfying.  And yet supported by a sense of justice throughout, not once does the man become anything less than a protagonist, despite the blood covering the walls.  And to pull that off without being offensive is the hallmark of a good director on top of things.

A movie only Boll, a man who has defeated detractors in boxing matches, would probably have the balls to direct, the antithesis of The Dark Knight Rises in substance and aesthetics.  Who knows how he got it greenlit.  And hey, it has Eric Roberts in it.



  1. Mucho Macho

    September 25, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Manlymovie is not a small site.
    It’s just our haters that are small

  2. Mucho Macho

    September 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Dominic Purcell was really good in this

  3. jim

    September 25, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Never seen a Uwe Boll movie since I’ve never known anyone to recommend his flics but I have to give the guy credit for doing what no one else had the balls to do.Must check this one out. Loved his anti Hollywood rant from a few months back. From now on we’ll have to get our rocks off on the margins . The mainstream is lost to us.

    • Jacob Phillips

      September 25, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Check it out Jim, it’s absolutely brilliant. Coincidentally I got around to watching this for the second time just last weekend. I’ve also watched Uwe Boll’s two Rampage movies several times each now, I’d recommend them as well.

  4. Jacob Phillips

    September 25, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Great, great movie. Rampage and Rampage 2 are also excellent. I can’t wait for Rampage 3 and I wish we could get a sequel to this as well. If I was a multi-millionaire I’d give Uwe Boll the money and fund it myself.

  5. Shawn Gordon

    September 27, 2015 at 3:40 am

    The only Uwe Boll movie I like and I like it a lot.

  6. Barney Ross

    September 28, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Well i still haven’t seen this…