you expect when you see Arnold Schwarzenegger and writer/director David
Ayers collaborate on a movie, hearts and flowers? What you get is a lot
of action, a lot of bullets flying around, and a lot of blood.
is Arnold. Here heís leading a DEA team of tough guys. Arnold and his
team (including Sam Worthington) are suspected of ripping off $10
million on a DEA bust. When one of his team gets smoked, detective
Olivia Williams gets on the case.
obviously has something against the English language because his scripts
would have a lot of white space in them if it werenít for the f-word.
While this film isnít nearly as vulgar as Ayersí End of Watch
(2012), indeed it would have to go a long way to achieve that dubious
distinction, it is still replete with bad language, including women who
have to prove they are one of the guys and who use f-bombs with abandon.
Itís disconcerting to see Shakespearean-trained Williams falling prey to
this sort of language abuse. There is simply no need to populate films
with such vulgar language. Ayers still pictures policemen (here, DEA
agents) as immature fraternity boys who have to prove their manhood by
using unrefined language.
action is no more idiotic than the action that takes place in most
pictures like this, but itís no less, either. The joke is that Ayers is
quoted as saying that ďreality is the watchword of this project.Ē The
only place where the action that Ayers produces in this movie is
realistic is on a Hollywood backlot. There are gun fights with automatic
weapons spraying bullets all over city streets and the insides of
buildings. Bullets from automatic weapons can penetrate walls, but
nobody in adjoining rooms is ever hit. Although to his credit Ayers does
show some collateral damage during one street fight, when do gunfights
like in this film ever happen anywhere even in Chicago and Detroit?
Although you donít go to a movie like this to watch acting, Williams
gives a good performance, even if she does try to outdo the men in being
a tough cop. Whatís good about the movie is that it has wonderful pace.
Thereís a mystery that needs to be solved and revenge that needs to be
gained. There isnít anyone contemplating their navels, or anything else
that looks like Ayers thinks heís making some sort of artistic statement
here. Itís yet another action picture and itís entertaining. ĎNuff said.