El Camino Christmas
Release year: 2017
Director: David E. Talbert
Screenwriter: Theodore Melfi, Christopher Wehner
Starring: Luke Grimes, Dax Sheppard, Kurtwood Smith, Vincent D’Onofrio, Michelle Mylett, Emilio Rivera, Jessica Alba, Tim Allen
Eric Roth (Grimes) comes to the small town of El Camino at Christmas time looking for answers. Instead he finds a drunk and dumb cops and more trouble than he ever imagined he could be in.
Netflix has started producing their own movies and series and have created some great work. El Camino Christmas is not one of their best and is too close to looking like a TV movie, despite a great cast. With both Allen (Galaxy Quest, 1999), in a more dark role as we usually see him, Alba (Sin City, 2005), Sheppard (Let’s Go to Prison, 2006) and D’Onofrio (Men in Black, 1997) there are plenty of star powers, while Grimes (The Magnificent 7, 2016), Mylett (Buckout Road, 2017) and Smith (Robocop, 1987), mostly known from TV series That 70s Show, does a more than decent job next to them while Rivera (Collateral, 2004) is scene- and heart stealing as the kind liqueur store owner. The story takes the lead from bad to worse, to a degree where it is almost frustrating but stays entertaining. There is not much Christmas feel to the movie, so this is suitable for anyone fed up with miracles and sugar-sweet morality during the Holidays.
Tim Allen’s character makes references to Robocop about Kurtwood Smith’s character. Kurtwood Smith starred in Robocop (1987).
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