gutsy young female former Marine
becomes a bodyguard to an ambassador
and her daughter in Romania only to be
devastated by their murder in an attack
on their convoy, leaving her to return
to the United States and unemployment
until her uncle finds her a job as a
doorman; turning out to be far from
the mundane and safe job she thought
in the fast-paced and thrilling The
TRAUMATISED BY THE VIOLENT DEATHS in a shootout of a woman US ambassador
and her young daughter, whom she was guarding on an assignment in Bucharest,
Romania, former hard-hitting Marine Ali (the delightful Ruby Rose: John Wick
Chapter 2; xXx; Return of Xander Cage; Batwoman) returns to New York City,
disheartened and unemployed.
Her Uncle Pat (Philip Whitchurch), is working as a handyman in the old Carrington
Hotel that was turned into luxury apartments many years before but is now undergoing
a complete refurbishment. He suggests she contacts his manager Borz Blasevic
(Aksel Hennie) to apply for a job as a doorman.
Rose is at her
in a gripping thriller
that bursts at the seams
with high tension
brother-in-law Jon Stanton (Rupert Evans), a widower since the death of Ali's
sister, lives in one of the apartments along with his two children: Max (Julian
Feder) and Lily (Kila Lord Cassidy), but Ali has not seen them for a long time.
She approaches shifty-looking Blasevic, who agrees to take her on and it looks
as though she will have a peaceful, safe and routine job, albeit potentially
However, still haunted by the attack on her charges, Ali is in for a nasty surprise.
Uncle Pat is giving up his evening to help an elderly couple, Mr and Mrs Hersch
(Petre Moraru and Delianne Forget) and Ali is visiting Jon and the children
in their apartment, unaware that all is far from well in the old hotel and very
soon they will be in danger of losing their lives.
Cold-blooded French criminal Victor Dubois (the wonderful acting legend Jean
Reno: Léon; The Professional; Ronin) seeks to discover the whereabouts
of some stolen art masterpieces he believes Bernard Hersch, who is infirm having
suffered a stroke, is hiding and he will stop at nothing to find the
Soon Ali draws on her experiences in the Marines to fight to keep her family
safe and, using hidden passages that her nephew discovered in the hotel, risks
her life in a bloody battle to protect them all.
Ruby Rose is experienced in high-octane roles and as her character tries to
keep one jump ahead of the character played by Jean Reno, acting his most villainous
role yet, the action becomes more intense; especially when it becomes obvious
that there may be no way out and that she should trust no-one.
With no retreat possible, Ali has no choice but, with the help of her nephew,
to outwit and outsmart the art thieves who are growing increasingly desperate
and violent. Using the special fighting skills she was taught in the Marines
in order to eliminate the criminal gang, she begins to realise just how ruthless
the men are and she has to pull out every trick in the book as she fights her
way towards the explosive conclusion.
Ruby Rose is at her combative best in a gripping thriller that bursts at the
seams with high tension and surprises, not least of which is the rare appearance
of Jean Reno as a ruthless villain. You'll be burning to know the ending!
The Doorman also features: Louis Mandylor as Martinez; Dan Southworth
as Pee-Wee; Hideaki Itô as Leo; David Sakurai as Andre; Howard Dell as Laughlin;
Tibi Hårsan as Carlton; Andreea Vasile as The Ambassador; and Andreea Valentina
Androna as Nira.
Music is Composed and Produced by Aldo Shllaku; Director of Photography is Matthias
Schubert; Written by Lior Chefetz, Joe Swanson and Devon Rose; Story by Matthew
McAllester and Gregory Williams; Produced by Jason Moring, Harry Winer, Michael
Philip, Shayne Putzlocher and Sara Shaak; and Directed by cult favourite Ryuhei
Kitamura (Versus; The Midnight Meat Train). *The Doorman is released in
the UK by LionsGate UK on Digital Download on 18 January 2021 and on DVD on
25 January 2021. Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 93 Minutes Approximately. Special
Features: In Service of Others| Reflections of the Cast.
"Ruby Rose is at her combative best in a gripping thriller that bursts at the
seams with high tension and surprises…" ****
Maggie Woods, MotorBar