This is the story of an author (Sam Larson, AKA Mason Carver... played by Kevin James), who writes a fictional novel about a deadly assassin. His imagination flies away with him in the initial stages of the movie, and the viewer's given a glimpse of what's to come. It's a creative introduction, all the while detailing the thought process required to put out a best-selling book. Best-selling? Well, maybe it will be...
He finally finishes the book, and finally gets it published (in movie time it doesn't really take that long), but after his publisher changes the genre from fiction to non-fiction, Kevin suddenly finds himself
thrust into the world of his lead character, [where he] must take on the role of his character for his own survival.
There's a girl too, played by Zulay Henao. Wonder what martial arts she's trained... must be something! They're a great duo, go on a crazy adventure and have a few really dramatic/romantic moments. Before he knows it he's living the life he'd only been living in his mind... though it's not just all shampoo that smells like roses.
This is the (I think) first Netflix Original I watch, and so far my impressions of Netflix as a production company are not bad! Not bad at all. It's almost like they might become the new Marvel.
There's something about it I don't really like though. I can't quite place it. Sometimes it's over-the-top, but sometimes it's too little over-the-top. The main character feels too serious to be over-the-top. The atmosphere just doesn't feel right, like they can't decide whether to make it a comedy, or make it authentic. I feel it falls more towards the latter, yet still weaves in plenty of comedic elements. A strange mixture, sometimes, and what could've been amazing if they just focused on either one or the other falls a bit short of the helicopter. Still though: it's worth a watch. Good 'ol movie action with a creative twist.
rated 3/5: not bad