Watch: Little Dixie 2023 123movies, Full Movie Online – Doc facilitates a fragile truce between the Governor and Cartel, trading prosecutorial leniency for finance. With no more truce, Doc is left to fend for himself and protect the one untainted thing in his life: his daughter, Little Dixie..
Plot: Erstwhile Special Forces operative Doc Alexander is asked to broker a truce with the Mexican drug cartel in secrecy. When Oklahoma Governor Richard Jeffs celebrates the execution of a high-ranking cartel member on TV, his Chief of Staff and Doc inform him about the peace he just ended. But it’s too late, as Cuco, the cartel’s hatchet man, has set his vengeful sights on Doc’s daughter Dixie.
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This Take Your Daughter to Work Day is getting ridiculous.
I’m not sure what writer, director and producer John Swab was thinking trying to knock-off a bunch of “already done and much better films”. Although flawed, I still enjoyed two of Swab’s previous films, Body Brokers and Candy Land, because they had what this film severely lacked, originality.
Filmmakers are supposed to get better at their craft, not worse, and this over-indulgent cliched nonsense is a slap to Frank Grillo, who deserves much better than this. Grillo was stellar at his lead role in Boss Level, and deserves lead roles in great films, not this nonsense.
Swab decided to add every cliche with lots of filler and very little substance within his cringeworthy sub-plots, that took away from the story instead of adding to it. I admired Swab’s style in Candy Land, but in this one, his writing and directing was lazy and rushed.
The first two acts were suspenseful, intriguing, and had great flow and continuity, but as soon as the third act started – at the drag queen karaoke bar, it went off the rails. It was just all plot holes and nonsense, that lost all credibility with its lack of creativity and originality.
It’s too bad, because the cinematography was excellent, as was the score, and all casting and performances were on point. But all that isn’t enough to say the slowly paced 105 min runtime was an engaging and entertaining ride throughout the entire film, only the first two-thirds of it. So it’s only a 5/10 from me, but could’ve easily been a 7 or 8 had that third act been better.
That 70s feeling…
Grillo is one of those seasoned and proven performers (like Liam Neeson and Gerald Butler) who can take total control of an action flick with the same ease that Amazon can promise next day delivery. I am a fan, and in fact one of Grillo’s performances is on my all time IMDb list of “best films” (see below). That said, the key to Little Dixie is understanding what films were like in the 70s. In that era, life was simpler. Only a few cable channels, no internet, no streaming, no cancel culture, and the Left and Right were not trying to kill each other. People went to theaters for raw escapism. Plot was not the issue. Action, adventure, movement was what was offered. Don’t knock it. (Check out, for example, Charles Bronson in Hard Times, also on my list). If you want to revisit that genre of film, Little Dixie will be your cup of tea. Understanding this also explains why the mainstream critics are so skewed about this film — it is all a matter of expectations. You get action, violence, a fairly predictable story, a happy ending, and hero who holds the screen. ((Designated “IMDb Top Reviewer.” Please check out my list “167+ Nearly-Perfect Movies (with the occasional Anime or TV miniseries) you can/should see again and again (1932 to the present))
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Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
Director John Swab
Writer John Swab
Actors Frank Grillo, Annabeth Gish, Eric Dane
Country United States
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