For all that was wrong with this movie (and I'll admit there was plenty) I really didn't mind it all that much. The supporting cast was puzzling and the sets came off as a tad too synthetic. Harry Dean Stanton was a pleasant surprise and Peter Stormare's odd performance was right up there with anything Nicolas Cage has done in the past few years. Low expectations = an entertaining watch here.
Works neither as a comeback vehicle for the governator or as an American calling card for Kim Jee-Woon. This eighties' throwback is pretty awful with a storyline that bears no scrutiny, a toothless villain, uninteresting and/or ridiculous supporting characters and even pretty lackluster action sequences. Whitaker has to be the most inept FBI man seen on screen in quite sometime.
This blistering ride rediscovers fun in action cinema and laughs at the illusions of pacifists in the USA. It's all about guns and money and surprisingly, some of the biggest LOL moments we've witnessed in a cinema theatre ever. Even though it's not the best of KJW as he is carefully studying the situation here and imposing certain limitations, none of that hurts the film.
Lacks the flavor inherent in Arnie's 80's action masterpieces. It wants to be one of them, but it just doesn't work. I was hoping Kim could bring an outsider's interpretation of those films, but alas the script is really mediocre making it impossible for anything fresh to surface.
It's a film that couldn't help but be at odds with itself, and I kind of wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt by thinking of it as the Last Action Hero vs. the Modern Action Bullshit. It almost succeeds in that way, but it falters too often to be really convincing. If you're around 30 years old or so and have grown up watching Arnold's films, for better or worse, you'll probably get something out of this.
A fun ride for sure! The script is really pedestrian and the dialogue is sometimes cringe-worthy but that does not matter. If you are looking for anything else than old school action and one liners you are out of luck. Sadly it's Kim who fares the worst, a first-rate director who in this movie has to manage with second-rate material. Adjust your expectations and you might have some fun with this forgettable actioner.
An old school shoot-em-up with more one-liners and exploding body parts than you can shake a stick at. There's some great practical action scenes, but a lot of digital blood and carnage too (much to my chagrin). A lot of this film is quite stylish and has an interesting vibe, but it more so plays off as a misunderstood (or misinformed) pastiche. Good for action (and Arnold) fans, but not essential or memorable.
amusing b-western revamped for a multiethnic america full of jolly, law-abiding immigrants and one reeeal bad hombre who don't play by the rules. like, imagine if john wayne was john qualen and lee marvin was a mexican. kim jee-woon contributes to the americanized feedback loop of hollywood/korean/hollywood-korean action cinema that is so thick with cross-references and homages, there's almost no separating them now.