Sam Hargrave directs Chris Hemsworth, Randeep Hooda and Golshifteh Farahani in this violent action thriller where a merc rescues a kidnapped teen from a Bangladeshi drug lord.
Action-wise this is very difficult to fault. Once all the person-shaped pieces are in play on the board we get an epic one-shot evade and fight sequence through a bustling city – it is positively brimming with location stunts, near misses and brutal kills. The intensity seems to threaten to carry on for the entire runtime. So it is almost a shame we have a forced second act timeout for limp bonding and betrayals. The human interactions that don’t involve snapped necks or shot heads are very formulaic. They don’t even find time to exploit Hemsworth’s penchant for goofy humour. The plotting and dialogue is glaringly sparse and predictable. If it stuck purely to being a breathless chase you might forgive this weakness. Still the ending involving snipers jousting over a last chance bridge melee is hectic enough that this ultimately makes for a fine Saturday Night one-watcher.
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