Sunday, November 16, 2008 11:22 PM
Ok...its a revenge movie, and its got Mark Wahlberg in it, and Beau Bridges, all the critics hated it and its based on a video game that I've never heard of. What's to like? Well I pretty much enjoyed this film, what saved it for me was that it avoided cliches, and the idea of the supernatural twist that was promised in the film preview, was actually explainable due to the drug that formed the central part of the storyline. A decent storyline as well, I am amazed to report, which unfolded with a decent pace, and was not particularly unbelievable. There were a couple of plot twists that were a bit silly, such as Wahlberg's captors just taking his cuffs off to kill him, allowing him to immediately escape, and Bridges' character was highly unlikely to say the least. Tying the reason for the murder that Wahlberg was trying to revenge with a reasonable storyline was not that easy to do, so the writers didn't do a bad job in my opinion. I was expecting this to be a 1/10 but it gets 7/10 purely because the directing and photography were first class, I was very impressed with these two aspects of the film, but whether that would have saved it for Brett, on his anti-Wahlberg ticket, its tough to say.