Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Another cookie of a movie from the Hollywood cookie cutter production line. Attractive leading man - check. Marginally less attractive male side kick with slight comic overtones - check. Hot babe - check. Feisty female detective who's easy on the eye - check. Corrupt finance/banker/property mogul - check. Corrupt cops - check check check It all works out in the end - check.
I, for one, do not understand the appeal of Sam Worthington to the big directors. I think he's bland and unmemorable, possibly because I grew up in the era of big action heroes like Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Gibson. However, Jamie Bell is very good. Not being American I can't vouch for the autheticity of his accent (although it seems way better than the occasional broad Aussie vowel that pops up in Worthington's efforts) but he sounds completely different and moves differently. He could actually be someone completely different. Hey, maybe he's acting! Another oddity is Titus Welliver as corrupt police chief Dante Marcus who played Jimmy O'Fallon in SoA - the man with the worst Irish Accent since Tom Cruise in Far and Away.
Five out of ten.