Basic premise is a copy of "Strangers on a Train" but with a big organization that control the murder-swapping business instead of two people agreeing to do it. Human feelings are non-existent and there is no way January Jones and Nicolas Cage are believable together as a married couple. Roger Donaldson's over-dramatic direction, overuse of flashback sequences and unintentional funny moments add to the pain.
Cage triumphs once again in Donaldson’s gripping crime conspiracy thriller. Enter the world of Will Gerard; an English high school teacher who gets embroiled in the plans of a sinister operation – lead by Simon (Pierce) – to bump off registered sex offenders. It may not top the high octane levels of ‘The Bank Job’, but Cage does plenty to keep the viewer hooked in this tense web of justice outside the law.
It is rather disappointing when a thriller has absolutely no surprises, as all the twists are expected. It is even a bit of a let down that the admittedly strong cast ensemble, do not seem to particularly exert themselves with real conviction. But it is one of those films that I will neither ill-advise, nor recommend others to watch.
Another Cage quickie has a few moments, but it looks cheap and rushed. It's kind of a hybrid of Death Wish and the Star Chamber with a conspiracy that never has much to offer. If these guys can fix the system, why do they need to enlist ordinary people in their circle? They don't seem like reliable patsies in the first place.