The action thriller The Prince is so bad that the most noteworthy thing about it is that the opening credits list 19 executive producers. Nineteen! Jason Patric stars as Paul, a hit man–turned–auto mechanic searching for his daughter, Beth (Gia Mantegna), who has disappeared from college.
Paul turns to his daughter’s flirty classmate (Jessica Lowndes), who reports that the heroin-addicted Beth went to New Orleans with her drug-lord boyfriend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson), who in turn is under the thumb of a crime boss known as Omar (cameo slut Bruce Willis), who just happens to hate Paul for (accidentally) killing his wife and daughter back in the day.
Despite a cast that includes John Cusack as Paul’s pal, and the charismatic Korean pop star Jung Ji-hoon as Omar’s chief henchman, screenwriters Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore fail to conjure a single witty line.
Nor is there any finesse to be found in director Brian A. Miller’s inept staging of car chases and shoot-outs. If filmmakers were put on trial for hackery, a good prosecutor might ask director Miller why The Prince contains no discernible prince but does feature a closing-credit shout-out to “Prince Yoohanhwesa.”
That name stumped Google, but who knows? Maybe he’s the generous uncle to those 19 executive producers.