by Tony Medley
Runtime 113 minutes.
Not for children.
This is a high
octane, edge of your seat thriller. Directed by Ariel Vroman from a
script by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg, it is a science fiction chase
film with effective performances by Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy
Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, and Michael Pitt.
close-your-eyes scene of torture at the beginning that did not need to
be so graphic, Dr. Franks (Jones) transfers the memory of a deceased CIA
agent into the brain of a psychopathic death row convict, Jerico Stewart
(Costner). The MacGuffin is that the deceased agent knew the location of
a hacker known as “The Dutchman” (Pitt) a person who is being sought by
not only the CIA’s peripatetic London chief, Quaker Wells (Oldman) but
also by a ruthless anarchist, Xavier Heimdahl (Jordi Molla). As a
result, everybody is after Jerico so that they can get the Dutchman.
Jerico is understandably confused as he experiences emotions that had
been totally foreign to him and he is invaded by thoughts beyond his
ken, coming as they do from the deceased agent’s life.
The result is a
relatively believable sci-fi Chase film not unduly overloaded with
special effects, although there are some in the form of car chases and
As long as you can
accept the premise, which I was able to do, the tension never lets up as
Jerico grapples with his new thought pattern that threatens to give him
emotions and feelings that had been absent from his life since brain
damage suffered as a young child. The film is enhanced by exceptional
cinematography by Dana Gonzales.