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Introduction to Precious Cargo - A Ms. H Movie Review
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can see Precious Cargo instantly, as we speak, absolutely free. Well, it’s not really free, because you paid a yearly fee for membership but it’s free in the sense you do not have to pay anything to watch it right now. Precious Cargo was a movie I mentioned on the 222nd episode of Mom’s Minute on April 17, 2017. I have a new segment on my Mom's Minute Video Game Show that airs live every Monday at 7:00 p.m. EST, 4:00 p.m. PST at allgames.com called, “Hot flicks at your fingertips!” where I list movies you may want to watch. Precious Cargo was one of these movies. To make a long story short, I took my own advice and decided to watch an Amazon movie since I am an Amazon prime member. By the way I watched the movie on my Xbox One instead of my laptop because I wanted this movie to look as much like a real “film” as possible. Was Precious Cargo worth my time watching when I could have been doing a gazillion other things? Should you watch it? Check out my movie review of Precious Cargo and find out.
Bruce Willis in Precious Cargo
The draw for me to see this movie was Bruce Willis' name is affiliated with it. In fact there are lots of pictures of him on the promos, so I was ready to sit back, relax and enjoy an exciting Bruce Willis film. To put icing on the cake, Precious Cargo is a relatively new movie -- released in 2016. However, my take that Precious Cargo would be a good movie because it stars Bruce Willis and is new was flawed on a lot of levels. The main character is a Chris Pratt of Jurassic Park and Guardians of the Galaxy lookalike actor by the name of Mark-Paul Gosselaar. The storyline centered around him while Bruce Willis, in my opinon, has a minor role as the “boss.” I was disappointed that Bruce Willis had such a small part in the movie, even if the storyline seemed to be amateurish. Additionally, the character he played was overly cruel and just plain mean. This was not the Bruce Willis I know from the hit Die Hard movies -- not by a long shot. Even though Bruce Willis had a tiny part in Precious Cargo, I decided to continue watching the movie anyway to see if the movie, itself, would be interesting.
An Ordinary, Familiar Movie Plot
Just so you know, the precious cargo was not a human; however, you will have to see the movie to find out what it is. Initially, I thought the precious cargo was guns (which are never precious); however later on during the movie I think diamonds showed up. Unfortunately, I nodded off a bit and missed some of the movie, but woke up in time to see how the movie ended. My dozing off during the movie may give you an idea of just have boring this movie became. In my ideal movie world, Bruce Willis would have Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s role with all the actions that it entailed, and Mark-Paul Gossellaar would be pushed out of the limelight.
Even though Bruce Willis was not the main star, he had a few scenes where he shows that he can act the part of a villain just as well as a hero. Personally, I did not like him playing the role of a cruel boss. I did not feel any better about the character he played when he resorted to having someone perform a heinous stabbing at his bidding. I also did not like the part where he slapped a man, probably a subordinate -- drew blood and told him he wanted neckties to be that particular color. How gross. These were my least favorite scenes in the movie among many others including the woman who had a fake pregnancy -- which I knew was not real from the get-go. In the interest of moving the story along, there was a lot of odd behavior going on, such as the exes reaction when seeing Mark-Paul Gosselaar with someone else and conversely end up being relatively good friends with this character. In fact one of the archenemies of Mark-Paul Gosselaar at the beginning of the movie ended up being friends with him at the conclusion.
Assessment of Precious Cargo
Precious Cargo had one of the longest movie introductions I’ve experienced lately before the movie actually starts. Sometimes this is a sign the director needs to use up time to make up for lack of content. Also these movies sometimes are not as entertaining as expected. In this respect, Precious Cargo stayed true-to-form. Personally, I got annoyed with all of the smart-aleck talk of the characters. Don’t let me get started on the profanity; however I guess the R rating allowed this for the movie. Additionallly, the attitude this movie has toward women was not kosher. Yes, there were women using weapons, performing damage to the enemy; however, on the flip side there were the tired assumptions about women as well. If you watch the movie and get to the pool scene, you will know what I’m talking about.
The question is could Bruce Willis' star power save this movie? Unfortunately, it could not mainly because the plot was not original from the start and his part in the movie was so small. However, if you like to see movies that you already know the ending, as well as like watching gruesomeness, hearing profanity and the like -- this movie may be for you. As for me, I think I will pass.
Rating of Precious Cargo
Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Precious Cargo 1 1/2 stars.