by Tony Medley
Runtime 122 minutes.
Not for children.
This is an action-packed movie all right. But itís convoluted in its
meaning. Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is an FBI agent and kidnap response
team leader who is recruited to join a covert black-ops mission led by
special agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and a mysterious Colombian
operative Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro)
Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script by Taylor Sheridan, itís
difficult to follow because, according to Graver, they are just trying
to stir things up so that someone will lead them to the real bad guy
deep in Mexico. While the story is emotionally tense, it doesnít make a
lot of sense, frankly. And, like lots of thrillers, it asks the viewer
to believe that the good guys are basically invulnerable and the bad
guys are just there to die in hordes of bullets being sprayed at them
while the good guys always avoid the killing shots, even though they are
coming from packs of automatic weapons. The result of all this is that
there really isnít any tension in terms of our heroes ever being in any
There is a lot of cold-blooded killing that many might find off-putting.