‘The Prince’ Trailer: Bruce Willis Kidnaps Jason Patric’s Daughter

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This August’s The Prince mixes up the traditional Bruce Willis action movie formula – casting the Die Hard icon as the antagonist in the story, as can be seen in the first trailer (see above). Protagonist duties here have instead been assigned to Jason Patric, of Lost Boys and Narc fame (and Speed 2: Cruise Control infamy), who plays a Mississippi mechanic – forced to revisit his past in the criminal underworld, when an old rival with a grudge (Willis) kidnaps his daughter (90210 star Jessica Lowndes).

Both the plot summary and the Prince trailer footage suggest this film is basically “Taken starring Jason Patric,” though some years back co-screenwriter Jeremy Passmore described the script as his and co-writer Andre Fabrizio’s attempt to make “[Clint Eastwood's] ‘Unforgiven’ as a gangster movie.”

John Carpenter was onboard to direct the project back then, but he ultimately ended up being replaced by Brian A Miller – a helmsman who has found his niche crafting low-budget action movies featuring second-tier leading men. Indeed, Prince is his second film collaboration of that nature with Patric, following The Outsider – and by the look of it, this film will likewise be just a step above direct-to-video quality material.

the prince bruce willis The Prince Trailer: Bruce Willis Kidnaps Jason Patrics Daughter

Regardless, Miller has already moved onto bigger fish – specifically, a reunion with Willis on the upcoming sci-fi/action feature, Vice. Similarly, Passmore and Fabrizio are continuing their trek up the ladder, having scripted the upcoming Dwayne Johnson 3D disaster/action movie, San Andreas (also about a working-class father who puts his hero cap on to rescue his estranged daughter). It may not be long before The Prince is a distant memory (forgotten paycheck?) for the main players involved in making it – including, costar John Cusack.

That said, it’s certainly possible that The Prince will prove worth checking out On Demand, if only because Bruce Willis appears to be channeling Screen Rant owner Vic Holtreman with his appearance here.


The Prince opens in U.S. theaters and will be available On Demand starting August 22nd, 2014.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Doesn’t look like anything special, just something minor-shelf for the actors to do between real flicks while they wait for a big title to come along. Maybe evetually I’ll watch it on Netflix, but no hurry at this point at all.

  2. Willis and Cusack tend to be in anything for the paycheck these days, but Patric doesn’t come out to play that often. He’ll be the reason I watch this.

  3. Former criminal forced back in when his daughter is kidnapped. That is the most overdone movie cliche there is.

  4. Any news on Unbreakable 2? also please if anyone can find out what is going on with Prometheus 2 and remakes to Island of Dr. Moreau, and Creature from the black lagoon? I would set the black lagoon on another planet if I where writing. After watching the new Godzilla these films if handles nicely could be amazing, Anyways any news please.

  5. Looks like a low-budget action movie to me, lol.

    • All the money went on getting Bruce out of bed no doubt.

  6. I don’t mind flicks like this but I hope they don’t expect us to spend 10+ bucks on these movies in theaters as opposed to seeing them on netflix, TV or some other outlet. I predict the theatres in 10 years will be nothing but 3-D and IMAX ready features – like going out to a theme park. We’ll still have the arthouses ofc.

  7. I live in the Philadelphia area and am amazed at the “lack of promotion” of it. If I want to see it, I have to travel to the AMC Lowes in Cherry Hill, NJ. I have seen trailers on TV for all the other movies our but none for The Prince. How are people suppose to know about it, if they do not advertise it? Also, it is already on Amazon as a Preorder DVD. What is going on here? Do they really expect it to do well at the box office? I am sadly disappointed.