I'm ticked off. Angry because this had so much potential. The opening sequence was flat-out amazing! Unfortunately, it just petered out after that.
Not that this was entirely bad. But this production had the heart of being another 'Transporter' with a heavy dose of 'The Usual Suspects' and a drop of 'Angel Heart' blended into the mix, but failed to capitalize on that initial explosive energy. Director Hany Abu-Assad utterly wasting that fantastic entrance and exited with a flat and uninspired shuffle.
Am a fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Ever since his incredible work on 'The Watchmen' and 'The Losers' - I've found myself really enjoying his excellence at the craft. Hopefully, this routine B-flick doesn't deter you from checking out his other projects.
What hobbled this, in addition to a clichéd-filled script, was the so-called co-star. Another example of atrocious miscasting.
I've stated this before, but it's worthy of mention again, I'm always curious where these budget flicks find some of the absolute worst acting and physically unattractive women to put into key film roles.
Josie Ho sincerely performs like the poster child of 'Acting 101 For Dummies'. Utterly incompetent with no excuses. She's more attuned to wearing clapboards and hawking for a cheap eats dive - much less perform in front of movie cameras.
Here's part of the film pitch: You have this hot babe who is also a badass privateer agent. She can handle firearms, fly planes and looks like she could walk the runway. But here's what we actually get: A short, stocky, narrow-shouldered, big headed asian chick of very questionable age - topped off with a stylish soup bowl haircut.
However, I see from a little IMDb research that her daddy is a billionaire casino owner.
Ah. Of course. A billionaire's little girl.
Unfortunately, yes, it makes sense now.
This movie could've been something pretty good had they just hired an appropriate actress for its co-star.
Sad misplaced opportunity. Truly torn between grades. The weary rubber-stamp plot and use of an awful Ho easily puts this into the two star category. But Morgan is just so engaging, his skill clearly evident and appreciated - almost enough for a star by itself. Almost.
- One of the reasons, besides Morgan, that I screened this flick: Miguel Ferrer. One of my all-time favorite character actors. Disappointed that he wasn't even this flick. Oh sure, you see him for about three seconds in one scene, thirty seconds in another, and a whole sixty seconds in another. Wow, a whole two minutes - in total. And yet gnomish Ho was in pretty much shoved into every frame. :-(
- Interestingly, as I mentioned previously, this had an element of 'Angel Heart' - ironic because it also starred Mickey Rourke. Pre-plastic surgery and pre-steroid of course.