Survive the game | A Conversation with Director James Cullen Bressack
Action movies are so much fun to watch but also seem such a challenge to work with. It’s interesting to think of all the car chases, shootings, brawls and explosions that have to be choreographed like a dance. In between, the directors and writers must fit into a compelling story. Sometimes it also helps to have a famous action star to validate the movie further. Someone like… I don’t know… Bruce Willis? Step into Lionsgate’s new thriller / action, Survive the game.
In Survive the game we find two detectives whose drug seizure has gone wrong. During this time, one of them is shot dead. His partner is forced to leave him behind and pursue two of the criminals. They retreat to a farm property in the country where an American veteran lives. Unfortunately for the detective and the owner, the rest of the mob show up to take them down. Now it’s up to them to use all their skills and environment to try to survive.
Survive the game is directed by James Cullen Bressack from a screenplay by Ross Peacock. Starring Willis, the film stars Chad Michael Murray, Swen Temmel, Sarah Roemer and Simon Phillips.
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With the release of Survive the game in theaters next week, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez spoke to director James Cullen Bressack. In our interview, he tells us about the process of making an action movie. He tells us about some of the boxes he thinks an action movie should check. Additionally, Bressack also expresses his experience in shooting the film in one location, including the chase scenes. All in all, it was a great conversation which you can check out below!
Here is the synopsis of Survive the Game.
Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction) and Chad Michael Murray (“Riverdale”) star in this explosive crime thriller. When cop David (Willis) is injured in a drug seizure gone awry, his partner, Cal, pursues the two criminals who shot him dead on a remote farm owned by struggling vet Eric (Murray). As Cal and Eric prepare their defense, more of the gang arrive – with an injured David – and, outnumbered, the three heroes must use stealth, intelligence and marksmanship to take down the mob of drug dealers.
Lionsgate Survive the game in select theaters, on demand and digital on October 8. Then Blue-Ray and DVD on October 12, 2021.