Saturday, January 31, 2009
War. Feature film. (2007, 103 mins) IMDB
ad acting. Bad dialogue. A silly and incomprehensible plot. Yet another action flick.
Some action flicks work for the most part because we identify with the main characters and watch as they go about their business, but in this film it isn't clear who is doing what or why. Apparently there's two rival gangs in San Fran except, we never get to identify with any of them--they simply blur into a mess of Asian characters.
There is one exception. From beginning to end we know Jason Stratham even if his actions are ridiculous.
This film is billed as an action film, but the action is the same old. There is nothing new or interesting.
I am not even going to try to explain the plot but it's one thing on paper and completely incomprehensible in the film. It's there just to string together a bunch of action sequences, sequences that almost entirely are lame.
Stratham plays an FBI agent who acts like Rambo or Dirty Harry. That's just isn't believable. And imagine, he's so focused on his job, his wife leaves him. I think we've seen that before.
I wish there was something I could recommend about this film, but I can't. Nothing. It's not surprising to me it was a box office flop.
Posted 2009/01/31 at 13h31ET in Movie Commentary.