Bullet Points: Connors’ War
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This past Tuesday Anthony “Treach” Criss, front man for the group Naughty By Nature, celebrated a birthday.
Like many hip hop stars, Treach made the jump from music to movies.
Today I’ll be discussing one of Treach’s movies, the 2006 film Connors’ War, that also starred the lovely Nia Peeples. So sit back and relax, because Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, here we go Feel Me Flow…
- Back Story: Connors (Treach) is a special agent, in a division of the CIA ran by a man named Brooks. Brooks has a professional rivalry with head of the Secret Service, Darryl Green. As the movie starts, the First Lady is taken hostage and Brooks and Connors shows up and get the jump on the Green and his Secret Service guys. But this is a good news, bad news situation… the good news, Connors is able to take out all the bad guys and rescue the First Lady. The bad news, when the over ambitious Secret Service guys break down a door that was wired with explosives, Connors loses his eye sight due to the flash of the explosion. This sends Connors into early retirement.
- Originality: I have to give Connors’ War points on originality alone… here’s the premise, after a few years Brooks comes looking for Connors’ he has learned about a serum that can give the blind sight again. I don’t know about you, but I don’t recall seeing an action movie in the past where a blind man had serum shot into his eyes so he could see again… and not only see, he had super enhanced vision. Connors agrees to take one last mission, who can blame him, he’s blind and he’s being offered his sight back… that has to fall under the offer you can’t refuse category. So Connors and his new super sight go on the mission and recover the case that Brooks instructed him to.
- Show Stealer: Blu Mankuma, who plays Brooks, really steals the show. He brings a charisma to every scene he is in and his performance is what stuck with me most after viewing the movie (well that and seeing a blind man run, that was pretty impressive). Brooks is an egomaniac and that definitely becomes more prevalent as the movie progresses.
- Nia Peeples: Peeples plays Amanda, the assistant to Dr. Mackenzie, the man who developed the serum that brought back Connors’ site. When Connors begins to experience some side effects from the serum, Amanda is there to assist, but ends up becoming more than a nurse. After his successful mission, some of the Secret Service agents come looking for him which puts Connors and Amanda on the run as they are caught in between the Green/Brooks rivalry.
Connors’ War was a solid movie. Treach is Treach, you know what you are going to get with him but he challenged himself in this one by having to play a blind man and I can respect that. Again, the originality of the story definitely helps this movie. Take away the blindness/super sight aspect and this movie would be cookie cutter but with it, you have a Jamboree of movie action!
And finally, since I couldn’t resist…