Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5.
USA, 2006. Lakeshore Entertainment, Lions Gate Films, RadicalMedia, GreeneStreet Films. Screenplay by Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor. Cinematography by Adam Biddle. Produced by Michael Davis, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Skip Williamson, Richard S. Wright. Music by Paul Haslinger. Production Design by Jerry Fleming. Costume Design by Christopher Lawrence. Film Editing by Brian Berdan.
It’s no surprise that there are movies out there that are basically the filmic manifestation of male adolescent fantasies, but there are limits to what a person can stand. Jason Statham plays a tough hit man who wakes up in a hotel room and is told by his random Asian enemy that he has been injected with a poison that is on its way to his heart. The only way to slow the poison down long enough to give him a chance to survive is to keep his adrenaline up to the max, which means that, whether he likes it or not, he must indulge in reckless behaviour, high-speed car chases, sex in public and general all-around inconsiderate violence if he wants to stay alive. The trouble we have as an audience is that we don’t see why he deserves to; Statham is usually a likeable presence, a meat-head with a sweet, dopey attitude and an impressive physique, but here his talents fail to really make the character stick. The protagonist is rude, reckless, selfish and stupid, while Amy Smart as his girlfriend is a downright embarrassing mess, the both of them impossible to watch. This a sham from beginning to end that will only appeal to people who like their movies thoroughly mindless.