A big, dumb, relentless thriller that is most likely Bay's best film to date. The salvation of the film comes from Cage & Connery, whose performances and back-and-forth banter are entertaining on their own. But when they're absent, the film sinks into stupidity and cliche.
What a stupid movie. I say that going in with an open mind, I had no malice toward Bay as I've seen none of his works (purposefully), but when I had the chance to see this in theaters and had heard it had some merit from even his critics, I bit. What a stupid fucking movie. I like Nic Cage and who doesn't like/enjoy/is amused by Sean Connery, but they couldn't save it. What a fucking stupid movie.
I've been a fool for praising this movie. I re-watched it some months ago, and it is shit. Amusing shit, but shit. At least it's nowhere near as painful as Bay's later crimes against human creativity, but really, that's like saying that several cracked ribs aren't as bad as a power drill to the testicles.