A standard-issue modern thriller, which doesn't amount to much, especially with all the seizure-cam jerking around and shifting in-and-out of focus. I'll watch Denzel Washington in anything, and kudos to Ryan Reynolds for not making a wisecrack every other line. But it's the same ol' song n' dance. The real bad guys are the corrupt people on the inside, agent on the run, etc. Yawn. Next.
Rote, predictable action thriller about a CIA safe house guardian and his charge evading gangsters and rogue CIA agents in an attempt to deliver their package into the right hands. The right hands, however, may not be what either of them expect. Directed in a frenetic, faux Tony Scott style, the film is marred by incoherent action sequences and an overly familiar plotline.
This second-rate "Bourne" is receiving a drubbing from internet critics but I found it to be an entertaining action-thriller. Denzel Washington is as charismatic as ever and Ryan Reynolds is positively restrained compared to his usual, quip-y self. There's at least one really great car chase and fight scene, which means I went home happy. Bonus points for the scene where Denzel is called "the black Dorian Gray."
Kinda liked the director, but the script needed a LOT of work. Also, should've gone for a different casting (Reynolds is atrocious as usual and Denzel is on autopilot as usual). Still, slightly entertaining.
Look out, THIS MEANS WAR, you've got "worst of the year" competition! Basically amounts to: Exposition. Insert sure to be a twist character (about 5 minutes in). Shaky cam. Spy talk. Set piece! Shaky cam. GUNSHOT! INCREDIBLY LOUD SOUND MIX! SET PIECE! SHAKY CAM! Geez, is this still going? Spy talk. Spy talk. SET PIECE! Spy talk. TWIST (except to any idiot paying attention with 1/100th of brain). IT'S FINALLY OVER.