‘Panama’ Trailer: Mel Gibson And Cole Hauser Star In CIA Action-Thriller From The Director Of ‘Crank’

If you know the name Mark Neveldine, it’s probably for high-octane action flicks like Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Jonah Hex, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Quite a specific kind of resume, I’d say. Well, he’s back now with another action flick, Panama, starring Cole Hauser and Mel Gibson.

Gibson plays CIA operative Stark, who enlists decorated ex-Marine James Becker to negotiate an arms deal ¬†for the government with contras in the titular South American region. Of course, things don’t go as planned and Becker finds himself fighting off assassinations, courting femme fatales, and learning a thing or two about what real political power looks like.

Also in the cast are Charlie Weber, Jackie Cruz, Kate Katzman, Victor Turpin, Mauricio Henao and Simon Phillips.

If the film sounds familiar, it was first announced in 2019 with Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo attached. That version fell through, obviously.

Panama opens on VOD and in theaters on March 18th.

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