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The Mel Gibson Action Thriller You Need To Watch On Amazon Prime

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Have you ever heard of the phrase "twin films" before? The term typically comes up when two movies come out simultaneously that share an incredibly similar plot. It's like when "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact" came out within a couple of months of each other that both showcased the world reacting to an imminent meteor threat. Another example is "Friends With Benefits" and "No Strings Attached," two recent romantic comedies about hook-up culture. One case of twin movies flying under the radar happened in 2020 when "Force of Nature," which follows a group of thieves as they plan a heist during a hurricane, came out.

That plot description may sound familiar to 2018's "The Hurricane Heist," but rest assured, the two are entirely different movies. While the two share a common thread, you can only watch one of them for free with an Amazon Prime Video subscription, and if you want to watch the crime of the century unfold, then you may want to check out "Force of Nature" soon.

Force of Nature makes for a solid adrenaline ride

If you're in the mood for a 90-minute action flick that doesn't make you think too hard, then "Force of Nature" is right up your alley. The movie kicks off with a powerful hurricane approaching Puerto Rico, and amongst all the chaos, master thief John the Baptist (David Zayas) steals a valuable painting. His exploits soon draw the attention of police officer Cardillo (Emile Hirsch) and doctor Troy (Kate Bosworth). They have remained on the island to help evacuate as many people as possible. Troy wants to help her father, Ray (Mel Gibson), get to a hospital, but he's stubborn about leaving, which puts him in harm's way once the gang of thieves descends upon the group. The cast also includes Stephanie Cayo, Jasper Polish, and Will Catlett. 

Anyone wanting a thought-provoking thriller may want to look elsewhere. However, suppose you're okay spending an evening watching a bunch of people shoot at each other while battling Mother Nature. In that case, it's a worthwhile watch, according to Dennis Harvey of Variety: "This action B picture benefits from inviting splashes of idiosyncratic color in both production designer Mailara Santana Pomales' apartment interiors and the lighting of DP Jayson Crothers' widescreen compositions."

Looking through reviews people have left on Amazon Prime, it's clear plenty of audiences have a soft spot for the film, with some words of praise including, "A fun start to a satisfying finish" and "Good action movie." Viewers wanting non-stop thrills should give "Force of Nature" a shot. Even if you're not a Prime member, it's only $4.99 to purchase it through the streaming service.