Screener Review: THE LIBERATOR (2016)
A small string of shortfilms into his young movie career, actor and director Ben Lettieri is on track to arrive this summer with his latest feature length debut, The Liberator. Boasting a martial arts-infused adventure, the film does have a little bit going for itself with its low-budget status and an adherence to a specific niche. Alas, it deserves a curve of sorts, but a small one.
Lettieri stars as Ben Silver, a former soldier and uniquely young, decorated war hero, now a private investigator who operates by his own morals and principles, paid or not, thus earning him his eponymous title through word of mouth. His is a reputation that has earned him infamy in the criminal underworld, specifically for London crimeboss Harry Miller, eager to make a profit off of a priceless Ming Dynasty vase he successfully steals from its owner, ex-con and museum curator Melinda Page. She turns to Silver for its retrieval and in the course of the mission, Silver runs into the usual horde of baddies and thugs, though this time with a twist in the form of Rolf, former fellow comrade-turned-rival. Outnumbered and outpaced, Silver's new gig is one that will require more fists and kicks than he can dole out by himself.