From the melodramatic (USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage) to the satirical (Army of One), 2016 has been yet another confounding year for Nicolas Cage movies. And though it just missed out a December release, the actor will soon be sporting a fake nose and a mean attitude for Arsenal, Steven C. Miller’s mob drama penciled in for a simultaneous launch across select theaters and On Demand services on January 6.
Flanked by Johnathon Schaech, Adrian Grenier and John Cusack, Miller’s pulsing thriller follows the unruly Lindel brothers, Mikey and JP (Schaech and Grenier), who have developed a seemingly unbreakable bond over the years. They’ve always looked out for one another, in typical sibling fashion, but even in the above teaser alone, Arsenal telegraphs its story beats early on.
After crossing paths with a ruthless kingpin (Cage), Mikey is kidnapped and held for ransom, sparking a hostage/revenge set-up that looks to involve Nicolas Cage losing his shit numerous times – prosthetic nose and all. Because what’s a Nicolas Cage movie without the odd wild tantrum to keep audiences on their toes?
Here’s the elevator pitch:
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.
Arsenal is expected to release simultaneously across theatres and On Demand on January 6, 2017.