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You see me laughing, General?.....
on 26 November 2014
After the abduction by the US military of an Islamic religious leader, New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks.
Anthony Hubbard, the head of the FBI's Counter-Terrorism Task Force in New York, teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks.
As the bombings continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, led by Gen. Devereaux, into the streets of New York City.....
Its a topical film for sure, and it was made before the tragedy in New York, and for fans of the film, its a good job, because there is no way it would me made today, it's just too close to those events.
But regardless of its political message, and its patriotism, it's just too dull in some places, and even though Washington is as good as ever, and Willis plays a convincing hate filled General, it just doesn't deter you away from the blandness of the outcome.
Plus the fact that after the visually stunning scene with the bus, it's as if Fox has said to the producers 'look guys, you've had your big key scene, any other incidents with the film will be cutaways, or a noise in the background', and that is just what happens.
And Benning is totally miscast in this, whenever she utters anything specific to her job, or becomes authoritative, the film verges on parody.
But its worth watching for its message about xenophobia, the impressive set piece, and of course, Washington.
Good, but bland....