Narrative was too compressed, I felt as though I barely got know anyone before the film moved on. The axe fight at the end was pretty dope though. Walter Hill definitely has a bone to pick with gentrification. The film feels as though it was made in a rush, which is too bad because there are hints of what could have been if a master had been granted more time and room to maneuver and create.
i want to like a movie with the words "directed by walter hill" stuck on the end of it, but here it's simply not enough. sure, hill's thumbprint shows up from time to time - namely when staging an axe fight between rambo and khal drogo (probably the only scene that really works) - but it's not enough to compensate for stallone's charisma-less persona or the endless barrage of misguided, unfunny asian jokes.
Pretty solid Stallone vehicle but certainly disappointing in that it comes from director Walter Hill. Only the 'viking' battle between Stallone and Momoa elevate this above any 'B' grade 80's style action film. By this point Stallone could do these films in his sleep; maybe he did. Passable time filler but nothing more.
It is way more entertaining than that piece of shit second Expendables film, but still disappointing. I actually liked Walter Hill's work here (considering that he spent 10 years in a freezer), but the vilains and (specially) Stallone's cop partner didn't work at all.
For the 2nd time in a month, Hollywood has resurrected an 80s action star, teaming hitman Sylvester Stallone with a cop trying to track down a murderous mob boss. Director Walter Hill isn't the genre deconstructionist that Kim Jee-Woon is, so it doesn't have the clever verve of THE LAST STAND, but it's still an entertainingly gritty & occasionally lurid throwback featuring some bruising action sequences.