Is die hard in a hospital as a former combat surgeon battles ruthless Irish gangsters who are holding innocent patients hostage. Mercy it could have been a fast-paced thriller with a rudimentary protagonist who is easy to root for. Star Leah Gibson delivers beatings and bullets like a true action star. Sporting sweet Limerick accents, villains Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jon Voight are nasty enough to deserve real scorn. Therefore, the general premise and individual performances are not lacking in the material. The problem lies in the execution of a weak script loaded with plot holes. Various scenes test your patience as common sense and self-preservation are obviously ignored.
In Kandahar, Afghanistan, Captain Michelle Miller (Gibson) faces a life-or-death situation in a field hospital. The tragic outcome of it irrevocably changes her fate. Several years later, Ella Michelle works as a doctor at Mercy Regional Hospital in Seattle. She demonstrates her undeniable skill by saving a badly injured man. Dr. Terrence (Bobby Stewart), her former commanding officer and current manager, applauds her ability to think on her feet and act decisively.
Meanwhile, the FBI is interrogating Ryan Quinn (Anthony Konechny), the son of Irish mob boss Patrick Quinn (Voight). They want her to testify against his father and his violent older brother, Sean (Rhys Meyers). A squeaky clean lawyer, Ryan knows all the dirt but refuses to turn on his family. The feds decide to move Ryan elsewhere. Sean’s thugs had been following Ryan when they took him away. Sean motions for them to grab their weapons as he ambushes them.
It’s a bloodbath when Sean unleashes a volley on the hapless FBI. A surprising turn in the attack exposes his true motivations. Rookie Agent Ellis (Sebastien Roberts) survives and escapes with the badly injured Ryan to the nearest trauma hospital. Michelle saves Ryan’s life, but must battle her wild family before they discover her precious son (Anthony Bolognese).
Leah Gibson packs a punch
Silly scenes with waving flags and blaring patriotic music play out Michelle’s heroic medal tally like video game score. This was completely unnecessary and adds to the cheese factor. A wrecked Gibson packs a punch and then some. She brutalizes the invaders in devastating fight scenes. They are not pushovers who wither at the first hit, but rather get a serious comeuppance. The kick-ass doctor draws blood the hard way. Gibson is believable and elevates the film with his raw grit.
Screenwriter Alex Wright (Once upon a time there was a prince, stolen from suburbia) has extensive experience as a director and producer. The main characters are well defined. Wright’s script goes south with minor characters messing around with pointless tasks. For example, in a ridiculous subplot, Michelle asks an inept security guard (Marc-Anthony Massiah) to disable the security monitors. Thus preventing the bad guys from tracking their movements or finding Ryan’s location. Makes a lot of sense, but his inability to pull this off literally made me laugh out loud. Breaking or disabling monitors never occurs to him. Mercy it’s riddled with inane padding that could have been cut out.
Decent action scenes from Mercy
A tough performance from Gibson, ruthless antagonists, and decent action scenes can’t top major narrative flops. That’s unfortunate because mercy the basic elements were promising. Here the bad outweighs the good.
Mercy is a Front Street Pictures and Paramount Pictures production. It is currently in select theaters with a digital release on May 19 and VOD on June 2 from Paramount Global Content Distribution.