This is an undemanding and enjoyable slice of hokum from the Chuck Norris of the Noughties, Jason Statham. With a slightly weightier plot than some of his other ventures, and running down some unexpected lines, it's a decent thriller that does all that is expected of it - entertains for just over 100 minutes. It's not masterpiece, but it is at the top end of the B movie action thriller genre.
Statham is a suspended cop, suspended after an innocent woman was shot during a hostage situation. There is another hostage situation in town, at a bank, and the bank robbers will only talk to Statham. Teamed up with a keen young blood supposed to be keeping an eye on him (Ryan Phillippe) it looks like it is going to go down the usual old well trodden path, but there are a lot of surprises along the way, especially with Phillipe's character. I cannot really say much else without giving out spoilers.
I love the way it didn't quite do what I expected. It was all well staged and mostly well acted. Statham's attempts at an American accent are a bit dodgy though. The plot is interesting, the action toned down but still entertaining. Wesley Snipes provides a charismatic villain. The only thing I really had a problem with, and it really let the film down, was the clues Snipes gives out early on in the film, they were necessary for the plot and resolution of the film, but as they led directly to the true identity of the villain then surely there's no way he would have deliberately given them out? Just a small gripe, but it still irked me.
All in all 4 stars for this entertaining slice of Friday night beer and pizza entertainment.