Oh, friends, Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa has come early this year! In what would have otherwise been a rather generic-looking thriller that, in all honesty, we probably would have passed on, there is a gem hidden in plain sight, a gem by the name of Nicolas Cage. You can get the gist of Arsenal in the film’s newly released trailer–something about brothers who fight a lot, risk everything for each other, and ultimately find redemption, etc.–but the major distraction/saving grace is Cage’s character, or more precisely his terrible wig and unapologetic nose.
A part of me feels bad for Cage who finds himself the subject of internet ridicule and sardonic “high praise” for these roles and decisions, but he’s the one who keeps making them. I have almost equal levels of cringe for co-stars Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech and John Cusack (What are you doing?), but the fact that Cage’s Oscar win is touted in this promotional material just feels like salt in the wound.
Directed by Steven C. Miller from Jason Mosberg‘s debut script, and also starring Lydia Hull, Christopher Coppola, Megan Leonard, Christopher Rob Bowen, Tyler Jon Olson, and Shea Buckner, look for Arsenal on-demand and in theaters on January 6th. [Update: Some new information has come to light that explains a lot, and also asks many more questions. ScreenCrush confirmed that it’s some sort of sequel to the 1993 thriller Deadfall.]
Check out the trailer for the nose-worthy Arsenal below, followed by the film’s synopsis and poster:
Here’s the official synopsis for Arsenal:
A powerful action thriller, ARSENAL tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers, Mikey (Johnathon Schaech) and JP (Adrian Grenier), who had only each other to rely on growing up. As adults, JP found success as the owner of a construction company, while Mikey became a small-time mobster, mired in a life of petty crime.
When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by ruthless crime boss Eddie King (Nicolas Cage), JP turns to the brothers’ old pal Sal (John Cusack), a plain clothes detective for help. In order to rescue his brother, JP must risk everything and unleash his vengeance against King’s relentless army of gangsters.