Marauders (2016 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven C. Miller
Written by
Produced by
  • Randall Emmett
  • George Furla
  • Joshua Harris
  • Rosie Charbonneau
  • Mark Stewart
CinematographyBrandon Cox
Edited byVincent Tabaillon
Music byRyan Dodson
Distributed byLionsgate Premiere[1]
Release date
  • July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01)
Running time
107 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million[3]

Marauders is a 2016 American crime film directed by Steven C. Miller and written by Michael Cody and Chris Sivertson. The film stars Christopher Meloni, Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista, and Adrian Grenier. Meloni plays an FBI agent investigating a series of brutal bank robberies that seem to be personally targeting a ruthless CEO played by Willis. Lionsgate Premiere released the film on July 1, 2016.


In Cincinnati, four masked robbers get away with $3 million in cash from Hubert National Bank after the crew's leader executes point-blank the manager, Steven Hutchinson. FBI Special Agent Jonathan Montgomery heads the joint robbery-homicide investigation with Cincinnati PD. Forensics techs find a print matched to a dead Army Ranger, TJ Jackson. According to the official report, in 2011, TJ's unit went rogue, capturing civilian Alexander Hubert to collect a ransom. The exchange went awry and Alexander and the Rangers were killed by a Special Forces team. TJ's body was never recovered. As the sole heir, Jeffrey Hubert, Alexander's brother, became president of Hubert International. By tracking the serial numbers, the FBI discovers the robbers donated the money to a City Mission charity fund.

In a second heist at a different Hubert bank location, the robbers steal cash and the contents of personal safe deposit boxes belonging to Hubert and Ohio Senator Cook. David Dagley, a member of Hubert's security detail, is lured to the bank and then stabbed to death in an ambush. The killer leaves a bullet with TJ's fingerprint on it. Dagley was Commanding Officer of the Rangers who snatched Alexander Hubert but did not take part in the ransom scheme. The getaway vehicle is discovered registered to TJ's brother, James. Montgomery receives photo evidence of an apparent homosexual affair between Hubert and Cook, and the robbers attempt to persuade Montgomery into investigating Hubert's corruption. Converging on the Main Branch for the third robbery, the gang surprise Montgomery, who is escorted on his way out after an interview with Hubert. High-powered rifle firefights erupt across the lobby as the men engage in close quarters combat. One thief is killed, and the three others retreat into the downtown traffic. Victims Hutchinson and Dagley are found to be old members of an elite platoon with Cook.

Montgomery is sent a file stolen from Hubert detailing the conspiracy to commit murder and military cover-up. It leaks to the media, and the truth finally outs: Hubert had conspired with Cook to prevent Alexander from taking over the company. They briefed the Ranger unit with false mission intel of a terrorist threat in Costa Rica. The Rangers sent in were then assessed as rogue agents and ambushed by a Special Forces team with no knowledge of the Rangers' innocence. TJ was the sole survivor and was saved by Wells, then a Special Forces sniper.

With his assets frozen, Hubert hastily makes large unauthorized cash withdrawals to flee the country. TJ is tracked by the FBI to a concert venue and taken into custody. FBI Special Agent Wells is revealed to be the thief crew leader, and three special forces members that attacked TJ's squad are accomplices. He planned the heists as vengeance for the Ranger massacre he took part in. Recalling a key detail in a map location, Detective Mims predicts that Wells is the thief and arrives as Wells preps to leave the stash spot with the cash. Tormented by a guilty conscience and his wife's terminal cancer prognosis, Mims pleads with Wells to allow him to return the stolen money and atone. Wells tries to reason with Mims but kills him as Mims raises his weapon.

Some time later, Montgomery tracks Hubert to Tijuana, Mexico. He finds Wells preparing to kill Hubert in a restaurant and mentions that the stolen money would not bring anyone back, but there are many people suffering from Wells' actions. Montgomery takes a seat at Hubert's table, sips some wine, and stabs Hubert with a concealed blade. Wells shoots Hubert's bodyguard, shares a glance with Montgomery, and leaves.



On September 9, 2015, it was announced that Steven C. Miller would be directing a bank robbery film Marauders based on the script by Michael Cody and Chris Sivertson.[4] Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, and Dave Bautista would star in the film, which Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films would finance and produce while Lionsgate Premiere would release it.[4] Lydia Hull, Tyler Olson, Christopher Rob Bowen, and Danny A. Abeckaser would also star in the film. Randall Emmett and George Furla would produce through Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films along with Joshua Harris and Rosie Charbonneau through 4th Wall Entertainment.[4] On September 25, 2015, Adrian Grenier joined the film.[5]

Principal photography on the film began on September 25, 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio. First-day filming took place at the Dixie Terminal building.[6] On September 26, 2015, filming was underway at the Stock Yard Bank & Trust, which was transformed into Hubert National Bank.[7] Filming also took place in Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine through October 16.[6]


Lionsgate Premiere released the film on July 1, 2016.[8]

Box office[edit]

As of September 23, 2018, Marauders grossed $1,024,158 in Portugal, Argentina, China, and the Netherlands, and grossed $1,203,832 in home video sales.[3]


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 22% based on 23 reviews and an average rating of 4.1/10. The critical consensus reads: "From its clichéd story to Bruce Willis' rote performance, Marauders is a crime thriller content to settle for merely competent – a goal it all too rarely achieves."[9] On Metacritic the film has a score of 42 out of 100 based on six critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter called it a "by-the-numbers B-movie" with slow pacing and a convoluted plot.[1] Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote that the film's complex plot makes less sense as it progresses because the explanations are so unbelievable.[11]


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  2. ^ "Marauders (15)". British Board of Film Classification. December 16, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Marauders (2016)". The Numbers. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 9, 2015). "Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni & Dave Bautista Plot 'Marauders'". Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 25, 2015). "Adrian Grenier Joins Bruce Willis Thriller 'Marauders'". Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Kiesewetter, John (September 24, 2015). "'Marauders' Filming At Dixie Terminal Friday". Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  7. ^ Molski, Henry; Butts, Rebecca (September 26, 2015). "Willis movie 'Marauders' begins filming in Cincy". Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  8. ^ Slead, Evan (June 1, 2016). "Marauders trailer pits Bruce Willis against Christopher Meloni". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Marauders (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 4, 2024.
  10. ^ "Marauders reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  11. ^ Gleiberman, Own (July 6, 2016). "Film Review: 'Marauders'". Variety. Retrieved December 22, 2020.

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