Man-hunts-down-other-men-who-did-something-to-his-dog seems like it’s become an action movie subgenre of its own ever since John Wick came out, and now Bruce Willis is trying out the trope, playing a private eye who goes on a rampage after his dog gets stolen by drug dealers.

The trailer for Once Upon a Time in Venice is a pretty good time, evoking a kind of Shane Black action-comedy feel. And Bruce Willis is inching his way towards a gradual comeback with hits like Looper and RED, plus a movie like this that seems like it finds some humor in all the violence plays to his strengths. Willis is a funny guy. It looks very much like a B-movie, but the cast is nothing to sneer at: joining the ride are John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Thomas Middleditch, and Famke Janssen.

Voltage Pictures
Voltage Pictures

Here’s the official synopsis:

Steve Ford (Bruce Willis) is a down but not out L.A based Private Investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his loving pet Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. A series of crazy circumstances find him doing the gang’s bidding, while being chased by two vengeful Samoan brothers, a loan shark’s goons, and a few other shady characters. They say a dog is a man’s best friend, and Steve shows how far a man will go to be reunited with him.

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