The Kane Files: Life of Trial (2010) starring Drew Fuller, Ethan Embry, William Devane, William Atherton, Whitney Able, Eve Mauro, Paul Rae directed by Benjamin Gourley Movie Review

The Kane Files: Life of Trial (2010)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Drew Fuller in The Kane Files: Life of Trial (2010)

Kane is Able

Scott Kane (Drew Fuller - The Circuit) is a man who knows how to kill, he was good at it to but he quit the business to become a loving husband and doting father. But when his son falls sick having had a heart attack at the age of 6 and needs expensive medical treatment Scott decides to come out of retirement to do one more high paid kill. Except not only does he end up being double crossed but also ends up with a dirty cop as well as the FBI after him.

Sometimes the simplest of movies are the most entertaining and "The Kane Files: Life of Trial" is both simple and entertaining. The simplicity comes from combining the idea of a father willing to do anything to protect their sick child and the retired criminal coming out or retirement to do one last job. And that combination allows us to like the bad guy because he is only doing a crime out of love for their child.

Now if Kane wasn't a likeable man "The Kane Files: Life of Trial" would just be an action movie featuring a dangerous man hunted down by the cops and FBI. But it would still have been entertaining because there is plenty of decent action and suggested brutality which is established early on when we see a man driving a car getting his head kicked in by a passenger in the back. Director Benjamin Gourley handles this side nicely so that it is well paced with just the right amount of action and brutality but also enough character development so that it never becomes just a series of action scenes.

The thing is that whilst "The Kane Files: Life of Trial" is good and is a nicely put together movie with Drew Fuller making Scott Kane an interesting and likeable character it is nothing new. Every single part of the movie has been done before and so whilst entertaining you will be left with the feeling that you've seen it all before.

What this all boils down to is that "The Kane Files: Life of Trial" is a decent attempt to combine the former criminal doing one last job with the protective father storyline. But its familiarity is sadly what holds it back rather than the fact it isn't a big budget production.