In Algiers, New Orleans, after the explosion of a ferry transporting the sailors from the USS Nimitz and their families with 543 casualties, the lonely AFT agent Doug Carlin is assigned to investigate the terrorist attack.
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Its great to see a mainstream film take a uninhibited swan dive into such an abstract concept, knowing full well the science makes no sense and far more concerned with the concept instead. Scott also takes advantage of it as a director, especially an inspired split-screen sequence set completely within a speeding car. Its a shame though such an idea is squandered in a tedious thriller structure.
I can't help but see parallels to classic films like Laura and Vertigo. I'm not putting it on that level, but it evokes similar responses. Perhaps I am an apologist for the more recent films of Tony Scott, but I think this, Unstoppable, and especially Man on Fire, are very, very good. Another underrated movie from an underrated director.
Since it's a Sci-Fi movie it didn't need to made much sense and I have no problem suspending my disbelief if the story is good, but I thought there were too many silly elements in this movie. There's no character development in this movie, it falls flat. **SPOILERS** And who was the bomber anyway? And what was his motives? This wasn't explain much and it sort of a bother. The bomber can't just pops out of the blue!