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Entertaining if wildly implausible.
on 21 October 2017
As an action/thriller it's entertaining and easy on the brain while you are watching it, but it loses a star due to the story not standing up to the briefest post-viewing reflection (too many things about the villainous plot simply couldn't work in reality - e.g. do universities never look at what is on their own websites?).
As long as you stop thinking about it the moment the credits roll it's fine though, the momentum carries you along.
While watching it the funny thing is the long succession of other movies it constantly reminds you of. "Taken" of course (but this is better, because its far less unpleasant and not borderline-racist), but also that Harrison Ford one when his wife goes missing in Paris, and another movie that I can't mention because it would be a spoiler.
Main thing I take away from it though is that there's a decent-sounding DJ remix of Blue Monday out there that I don't have and which doesn't seem to be available anywhere!