Every Last One of Them (USA, 2021)

A man is set to avenge his daughter in the latest action thriller from director Christian Sesma.

Jake Hunter is a man who learns that his daughter Melissa is missing. A former drug addict, Jake has tried relentlessly to get his daughter clean, but he soon learns the truth about what has happened. Upon learning that Melissa was involved with a crime lord named Nichols, Jake’s attempt at confronting him leads to an arrest. However, Kim, a local officer, informs jake that many of the police force are on the take for Nichols. Kim decides to let Jake go and help him escape.

Arriving at Nichols’ farm after the announcement of a major waterfront deal, Jake has learned that Melissa died of an accidental overdose after party with Nichols’ son. On edge and enraged, Jake kills Nichols’ son, which soon triggers both his men and members of the police force to track down Jake. However, using his survival skills, Jake begins taking them out one-by-one. As time passes. Jake soon learns that the only way to ultimately stop Nichols and his men is to come to grips with his past.

After his martial arts action film Take Back released earlier this year, director Christian Sesma has returned with a new action thriller. Sesma has a knack for using juxtaposition in his films, in which we see both the present-day action mixed with flashbacks involving the past actions of the protagonist which lead to said present day-action. Where Take Back showed the past actions of a woman involved in a trafficking ring forced to face the past, this film is a man with a past forced to go into action to avenge his daughter.

Sesma’s regular collaborator Paul Sloan once again shines in the lead role. This time, he takes on the role of Jake Hunter, a former drug addict and former Black Ops soldier who becomes a one-man army when he learns of his daughter’s death from drugs, which prompts him to go into action. He does come off as reckless, but perhaps it is because the flashbacks showcase his flawed nature as a dad to daughter Melissa, played by Claire Kniaz. There is a nice subplot featuring our villains Nichols, played by Jake Weber, and his sister Maggie, played by Taryn Manning. Manning once again does a great job at playing a villain who at times seems superior to her crime boss brother.

Making the most of their screen time are veterans Michael Madsen and Richard Dreyfuss. Madsen plays Jake’s old war buddy, who had been through hell and back as well. Madsen’s character offers to help Melissa kick her habit when it proves too much for Jake as seen in flashbacks. As for Dreyfuss, his character of Murphy serves as a mentor to Jake and when he attempts at an olive branch between the two factions, both reject it as they are both hellbent on taking each other out no matter the costs.

Every Last One of Them is a step up for Christian Sesma after Take Back. While the film may seem like a popcorn action film, Sesma’s knack for using interchanging flashbacks to flesh out the protagonist’s story is something that works well and definitely makes this a step up from run of the mill action films.

WFG RATING: B

Lionsgate and Saban Films present a 101 Films International/Ton of Hats/Seskri Productions film. Director: Christian Sesma. Producers: Mike Hatton, Christian Sesma, and Michael Walker. Writers: Christian Sesma, Chee Keong Cheung, Matthew Thomas Edwards, and Alistair Cave. Cinematography: Anthony J. Rickert-Epstein. Editing; Eric Potter.

Cast: Paul Sloan, Jake Weber, Taryn Manning, Mike Hatton, Mary Christina Brown, Michael Madsen, Richard Dreyfuss.

The film will be released in select theaters, On Demand, and Digital on October 22.

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