Black-ops action thriller "Nightfire" is directed by Brando Benetton and stars acclaimed actor Dylan Baker (“Hunters”, “The Good Wife”, Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films), Bradley Stryker ("iZombie", "Cold Pursuit"), Francesco Pannofino and Becky Ann Baker ("Hunters", "Freaks and Geeks"). The extended short film is an action-packed quick watch that is surprisingly engaging.
Two American agents (Lorenzo Pisoni and Greg Hadley) are hired to retrieve military chips containing a large sum of government money. Their plan goes awry when an unexpected political prisoner (Dylan Baker) enters the picture.
In its short 42 minute runtime "Nightfire" offers a conplex geopolitical black-ops thriller with a lot of action. The characters are recognizable tropes most reminiscent of the characters in Cinemax's series 'Strike Back', minus the "buddy cop humor". The story is intriguing but suffers from the short runtime. A lot of the depth of story really needed to be fleshed out a bit more. Still I found it entertaining.
The action effects and pyrotechnics used happen almost immediately and keep the film exciting. There is very little downtime. Except for some much needed exposition and justified dialog that mostly takes place in the middle of the film. Overall "Nightfire" is an entertaining short action film with a lot going on. It does suffer slightly as far as story is concerned. But even with it's limitations the film is action packed. (3/5)