Rating: Didn’t Suck
If it weren’t for the fact that they copied “The Italian Job”, “Heat” and added just a dash of “The Usual Suspects” this movie would have been a lot better. In fact, they were pretty blatant in how they did it, which was disappointing. One thing I will say in favor of this movie above the others is it felt more thrilling. There was more tension and more action and it was all very much a more intense edge-of-your-seat kind of movie. It just wasn’t very original. The acting wasn’t terrible, the characters were pretty well done, so I guess if you haven’t seen the previously mentioned movies you’ll actually really dig this flick. The problem is, most of you have watched those films. In any case:
What you’ll like:
-Cool characters, Hayden Christensen really showed a tough guy side that seemed to meander a bit from his usual roles, Michael Ealy was great, and believe it or not Chris Brown was a lot better than I was expecting. T.I. didn’t do terribly either. The rest did their usual performances.
-An amazing get-away scene by Chris Brown
-lots of action
-A cool fight scene from Hayden Christensen that surprised me
What you may not like:
-They totally copy several movies to the point it’s like they weren’t even trying to hide it
-The better actors do less in the film
-Some characters felt useless
Is it worth the money? Well, mainly I think it depends on how you feel about the film being such a copycat, if the fact that it has more intense action and suspense is a good enough reason to spend your money on it, so be it, if the lack of creativity is enough to make you want to stay home, fine. If you’re bored and feel like going to the movies, I’d say it’s worth seeing for a discounted price/matinee. Not a movie I see myself seeing twice.
What did you think?