The star-studded cast would suggest that something promising would emerge from the film; with well-known names such as Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor working alongside acting new-comer Gina Carano, who plays the spy scorned by her former employer in this 93-minute-long flick.
Through a medley of confusion it emerges that a price has been put on the head of former marine Mallory (Carano), leaving her no choice but to battle her way to the top of the organisation in a bid to discover who put the price on her and why. After sitting through the film I can unfortunately offer little to no insight at all as to why this happens, or how things are even resolved! The plot is completely lacking in anything that grabs your attention; the only thing that momentarily has you the edge of your seat are the many, many fight scenes that serve to successfully demonstrate Carano as a better fighter than she is an actress. To begin with all the action is fairly entertaining, of course it’s only a matter of time until you’re left looking for something more, and unfortunately it just doesn’t seem to be there. To add insult to injury, not only are the fight scenes repeated throughout (merely replayed by different characters), but they are dubbed with so many over-the-top sounds effects that you’re left wondering whether you’re watching a Hollywood blockbuster or an 80’s martial arts film.
It seems difficult, and perhaps unfair, to the deem the acting in this film as below par because arguably, none of the actors really had much to work with. Overall it was a fairly average performance delivered by all, in what I would say is definitely a below-average film.
If you’re hoping to walk into the cinema and watch a fast-paced, high-chase action thriller with a dramatic twist at the end, then prepare to be disappointed; it might be more realistic for you to expect some overdone action scenes with some average acting and a slightly under-developed plot. Before seeing the film, I’d admittedly heard a wide range of reviews that left me with no real idea as to what I was walking into; however as actions film go these days, Soderbergh really needs to up his game if he hopes to compete with the likes of Salt and Hanna.
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