Finder is one of the best writers of thrillers extant. This film is
based on one of his books. I havenít read it, but Iím sure it must make
more sense than this movie, directed by Robert Luketic from a script by
two guys apparently working separately, Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy.
They really needed someone to brush up their verisimilitude because this
thing makes little or no sense.
Oldman and Harrison Ford are dueling captains of industry. Oldman hires
Liam Hemsworth to spy on Harrison. In so doing he gets romantically
involved with Amber Heard, Fordís assistant, a romance with about as
much chemistry as one will find between two avocado trees.
directed two movies I liked a lot, Legally Blonde (2001) and
The Ugly Truth (2009). But those were both comedies which almost by
definition donít have to make much sense. In this one, I was mystified
by the denouement, which has no relationship with what has gone before.
The film doesnít establish any basis for how this ends. Itís OK as it
moves along, although it really does stretch oneís credulity. But when
it comes to the climax, it completely falls apart.
best thing about this film is the music (Junkie XL), that builds tension
and, believe me, this movie needs it because the story is so weak.