A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge!
...and that someone is Antonio Banderas!
It was better than expected, considering the cliche beginning and very B-like description. As someone wrote in a recent review: Antonio Banderas really fits the mold of an "average man" tough guy, and Karl Urban is the perfect villain to match!
It's like an old revenge-type action thriller cliche in new form, with the main character going down in a bout of depression and dysfunction, until finally he has a grand epiphany and overcomes himself, taking the law in his own hands! He seeks out justice and confronts his true foe! And like in most of these movies he has a pretty big bank account, so funding's not an issue. There's plenty of time and resources for him to do what needs to be done.
It was more symbolic than I expected though. It starts as usual, but then enter the studies of Stoicism. That the value of a person doesn't lie in what he says, but what he does. He stumbles upon a book about it when he crashes through a store front, and after patching up a knife wound our protagonist stops speaking, and starts doing... and there it turns from a pretty gritty B-movie thriller to something inspiringly new!
Marcus Aurelius' meditations. That's the book, and it has some inspiring passages. If something is possible for any other man it is possible for you too.
The action's empowering, and authentic, and the characters all have a place. Nothing unnecessary. It's easy to follow the red line, and once you fall into the movie it's easier to stay there, and feel both depressed (because that's the kind of movie this is) but also refreshed that it's so different from the usual ones, not mostly in plot but mostly in how everything pans out in the end, and that Stoicism thing.
Apparently Antonio Banderas is on a roll with movies like this right now, so I'd better watch a few more while I'm at it! It's pending between a high three and low four... but I think it weights well at:
rated 3/5: not bad