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I rented this film on the strength of some pretty positive reviews, and well it was a fair enough rental, but it does misfire significantly and repeatedly.

There is plenty of decent location shooting in Belgium, (as per In Bruges) without ever feeling particularly Belgian, more like downtown New York, with generic foreigners. The plot is a mishmash of familiar elements, some Hitchcock type mystery, some Three Days of the Condor type conspiracy, plenty of Bourne/Taken style drama.

However it is one of those film that whenever it manages to pick up some momentum, or suspense, it is not long before it squanders it with a dull scene or two.

Aaron Eckhart plays the Liam Neeson style estranged father, now bringing up a stroppy teenager, but he has a mystery past that means you don't want to mess with him. This is never entirely surprising, as Eckhart has a head that looks like you could break rocks on it. His acting is decent enough, but he is perhaps too obvious a casting choice, the estranged father element seems far less probable than that he used to do CIA Black Ops. His stroppy teenage daughter is a tiresome and generic addition to the plot. The plot is convoluted but fairly engaging, but does not stand up to a huge amount of analysis. Surely the opening scene must have taken place before the subsequent scene, why send assassins to try and find an elusive fugitive who actually came into your office for a chat five minutes before, why leave such an enormous paper trail for clandestine activities...

The action is fairly constant and well done, in a low key sort of way, but it would have been nice to see more of the bad guys, they were so much more engaging than Eckhart and his stroppy daughter. Particular credit to Olga Kurylenko who ditches the pout to play a formidable career woman in the intelligence service.

All in all a decent enough rental, better than many, but not one that is going to change your life.
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