Disturbing the Peace Image

A motorcycle gang taking over a small town sounds like something you’d see in a drive-in theater around 1973. In that respect, you could call Disturbing the Peace a throwback. Guy Pearce plays Jim Dillon, and with a name like that, you’d better be a Texas marshal haunted by your past. When a motorcycle gang commandeers his town to hijack a vehicle filled with cash, Dillon is given a chance to reckon with his past and redeem himself.

“…a fine excuse to wreak some ultra-violent, whack-a-mole mayhem between the law and a posse of cutthroat bikers.”

It’s a thin, familiar set-up, but it’s a fine excuse to wreak some ultra-violent, whack-a-mole mayhem between the law and a posse of cutthroat bikers. To steal from the poster for The Wild Angels, their God is hate! Where the movie disappoints is that when the guns start a-blazin’ and the expletives start a-flyin,’ it’s not nearly as fun as it should be. It feels perfunctory like the movie was a homework assignment, done quickly and reluctantly. That’s no way to approach a good ol’ fashioned shoot-out.

The movie handcuffs itself with its dedication to realism. A story like this should be wild, not plausible. When the villain speaks, he sounds as boring and empty-headed as an actual criminal might. You’re begging him to chew some scenery and go off-road into some crazy monologue about the freedom of the biker lifestyle—spittle flying and forehead veins bulging—but there’s no such thing. Everyone’s playing it straight.

Disturbing the Peace (2020)

Directed: York Alec Shackleton

Written: Chuck Hustmyre

Starring: Guy Pearce, Devon Sawa, Kelly Greyson, Michael Sirow, Luke Collins, Jacob Grodnik, John Lewis, Terence J. Rotolo, Barbie Blank, etc.

Movie score: 3/10

Disturbing the Peace Image

"…Guy Pearce plays Jim Dillon, and with a name like that, you’d better be a Texas marshal haunted by your past."

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