From what I can tell from the trailer Brian A. Miller‘s The Prince has nothing at all to do with Machiavelli’s book, which is a pity because I think it would be particularly neat to see a bad guy who treated it as his moral compass.
That being said, the ‘Prince’ is this particular instance is Paul (Jason Patric), who was known by that moniker when he was an assassin. Now he works as a mechanic–I have no idea why. It seems to me that it would be good job to take if he wanted to stay under the radar, but seeing that we’re talking about movies and assassins are generally really well-paid, I am not quite seeing it.
In any case, somehow his activities in that prior life are discovered by Omar (Bruce Willis, unfortunately not Michael K. Williams), who apparently had someone he loved killed by the Prince, and wants payback.
So he kidnaps Paul’s daughter.
Now you’re probably wondering if I just forgot to include Liam Neeson, and you’d be right because it does sound like a more morally ambiguous version of Taken.
And what is it with John Cusack, who plays ‘Sam?’ This is the second movie that I have seen him in where he plays second fiddle to another actor. The first was Frozen Ground, with Nick Cage (great movie, by the way) and now this. And that’s not meant to be critical of Jason Patric, though Cusack could probably bring a greater earnestness to the role.
And also, doesn’t it also sound like an Antoine Fuqua movie? It feels like something that he was, at the the very least, considered for because it fits perfectly with the type of films he tends to work on.