Directed by Brian A. Miller, ‘Backtrace’ is an action-thriller film. It follows Detective Sykes (Sylvester Stallone) as he searches for a prisoner who has spent the last seven years in the prison’s psychiatric ward and has a severe case of dementia. Seven years ago, Donovan “Mac” MacDonald (Matthew Modine) and his friends robbed a bank, but Mac was nearly killed by his supposed allies. In the present, a mysterious man named Lucas (Ryan Guzman) breaks Mac out of the facility so he can help them find the location of the money he stole. If you’ve watched ‘Backtrace’ and liked it, here is a list of recommendations that might suit your taste. You can watch most movies similar to ‘Backtrace’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
6. Escape Plan (2013)
Starring Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the first film in the ‘Escape Plan’ series revolves around Ray Breslin (Stallone), a former prosecutor-turned-business owner who runs a security company with his partner Lester Clark (Vincent D’Onofrio). They helped turn the supermax prison into an inescapable fortress. During each job, Breslin disguises himself as an inmate and tries to escape from a certain prison. However, after agreeing to test the security measures of a secret prison, Breslin is betrayed and allowed to spend the rest of his life imprisoned. He teams up with mysterious fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) in hopes of escaping. . Apart from Stallone playing the protagonist, escaping from a prison facility serves as an important plot point in both films.
5. Dragged Across Concrete (2019)
‘Dragged Across Concrete’ stars another action superstar from the 1980s and 1990s — Mel Gibson. Like ‘Backtrace’, ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ makes corrupt law enforcement officials turn to robbery. In desperate need of money, Detectives Brett Ridgeman (Gibson) and Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) decide to rob the enigmatic Lorentz Vogelmann, who is later revealed to be a bank robber, with disastrous consequences.
4. Theft of America (2014)
Like ‘Backtrace,’ ‘American Heist’ is about family and the extent to which people will go to protect their loved ones. James (Hayden Christensen) and Frankie (Adrien Brody) are brothers. The latter went to jail so the former was unnecessary and suffered sexual abuse there. Frankie then puts himself under the protection of some of his fellow inmates. Now that they’re out, Frankie must pay them off by helping them rob a bank, and he convinces a reluctant James to join the heist.
3. Coming Out of Death (2021)
‘Out of Death’ follows Jack Harris (Bruce Willis), a retired cop who is forced to fight against lawlessness and injustice once again to protect his nephew and an innocent woman after the latter is targeted by corrupt police for filming one of them murder. . a drug dealer. ‘Out of Death’ was one of the final films of Willis’ illustrious career. In 2022, Willis revealed his diagnosis of aphasia and announced his retirement. Both ‘Out of Death’ and ‘Backtrace’ have veteran actors playing grizzled law enforcement roles. Moreover, in both films, the antagonist is also part of law enforcement.
2. 211 (2018)
‘211’ tells the story of two police officers and a young motorist whom they must protect when an elaborate and heinous robbery unfolds around them. Patrol Mike Chandler (Nicolas Cage) struggles with the grief of losing his wife of 30 years to cancer. His relationship with his daughter Lisa became strained. Her current partner, Steve MacAvoy, is also her son-in-law, who told her about Lisa’s pregnancy. Mike, Steve, and their journey with Kenny attract the attention of a mercenary-turned-thief who turns Chesterford, Massachusetts, into a battle zone. At the heart of the narratives of ‘211’ and ‘Backtrace’, there is a robbery and a veteran police officer trying to protect people.
1. Memories (2000)
Like Mac in ‘Backtrace,’ ‘Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) from Memento suffers from a version of amnesia, anterograde amnesia to be exact. Due to this, Leonard suffers from short-term memory loss and is unable to make new memories. In pursuit of the men who killed his wife, Leonard uses his tattoos and Polaroid photos to track down the information he gathers. ‘Memento’ is one of the earliest films in filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s career. Although ‘Memento’ is not as popular as some of Nolan’s later works, it is still arguably one of his best works.
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