STX/Huayi Brothers (Peter Berg, Mark Wahlberg & Stephen
W: Lea Carpenter
DP: Jacques Jouffret
Ed: Colby Parker, Jr. & Melissa Lawson
Mus: Jeff Russo
Mark Wahlberg (James Silva), Iko Uwais (Li Noor), Lauren Cohan
(Alice Kerr), John Malkovich (James Bishop), Ronda Rousey (Sam Snow)
Director Peter Berg has been dubbed a poundstore Michael Bay
by some, which is quite harsh considering he helmed Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor and Patriots' Day, all of which were decent movies, and only 2012's Battleship on his resumé is considered a
dud... until now.
The film opens with a montage which shows Mark Wahlberg's
character James Silva to be some kind of child prodigy-come-adult genius. Unfortunately, this is never shown in the rest of the movie as he just acts like an obnoxious, shouty douchebag who leads
a covert government unit and shoots at people every now and then.
His covert group of agents must accompany a political prisoner
22 miles across hostile territory where he awaits extradition, upon which he will reveal information which will prevent a potential terrorist attack.
Wahlberg's aside, the performances are okay, especially Lauren
Cohan, but the action scenes are poorly executed, mostly due to the baffling direction and editing choices, which are far too frenetic to actually make out what's going on, and thus must serve
only to disguise poor stunt work.
At a mere 94 minutes, at least it's not too big a waste of