This was like Crank 2 but without the attitude. An explosive actionfeast featuring a hit man who one day falls in love with the protector of his target, who kills him, yet is brought back to life to betray her, yet decides to help her instead and ends up crushing the organization he worked for in the first place. Sounds almost like a soap opera huh?
I'm both happy and disappointed with how it ends. It shows promise, but at the same time it feels like this was the ending I hoped for... and I get it. I hoped it would surprise me. What's next though? 48 Hours? It's the eighties all over again. :)
All in all it was an action thriller done well, no more no less, starring Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer, Nathalie Boltt, Tanya van Graan and a bunch of others. Gritty, good, violent and futuristic. It's got it... but it could have been better.
rated 3/5: not bad
Sad story. Assassin starts having a change of heart, but is killed before he can redeem himself, but is brought back to life and given another chance, and there he goes...
I watched this movie thinking it was a different movie. One with Kevin Costner - a way more not specifically bad-ass, but just way more feelgood kind of bad-ass movie.
This one's not feelgood, but it's definitely bad-ass.
Ethan Hawke plays the main roll well - he has that suitable I-just-woke-up/am-drunk/sick/hurt/in-pain kind of face that works perfectly for movies like this (covers above don't do that face justice at all), and he takes it further too.
He's got a couple of dames with him, basic but efficient firepower, and initially a few tricks up his sleeve but... they don't keep him alive for long.
I don't know what more to say at this point. I already reviewed this movie once. It's good. I feel like I'm seeing fewer flaws this time around; that they weren't really flaws after all. The coldness in the character relation. The merciless villain. The lack of compromise. The depressing end - it's all a part of what makes this what it is after all - less appealing though it may seem.
Didn't think I'd be watching it again this soon, but that's what happens when memory serves you wrong. It wasn't the most disappointing serve it could've given me though, and I really didn't remember that ending being the way it was.. What en ending. Not bad. And now I have a problem: which rating should this one go by on the main list? The old or the new? Maybe it'll be even higher next time I see it. Well, original score it is.
Kevin's movie's up next...
rated 4/5: fo shizzle