Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an "incident". Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer. The ensuing struggle will test Carmen to the limit.

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Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an extortion scheme go wrong. Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced intimidating hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer. The ensuing struggle will test Carmen to the limit. Written by McCormack

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$10,741 (USA) (23 January 2009)

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$17,007 (USA) (30 January 2009)
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Originally set up in 2002 with Tony Scott directing, Robert De Niro playing Amand Degas, and Quentin Tarantino playing Richie Nix. See more »

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While Wayne is being shot at in the convenience store, he appears to steal a six-pack of beer. He is not holding any beer when the shooting starts, though he is carrying it when he runs out of the store. See more »

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[confronting Nelson for ransom money]
Richie Nix: [stroding in office with Blackbird] I told you wouldn't know which one I'm gonna be when I came in. Remember it?
Nelson Davies: [pretending to be dumb] What?
Richie Nix: On the phone?
Nelson Davies: I think you wanna talk to somebody downstairs that'll help you out.
Richie Nix: [to blackbird] You see that? He's playing dumb?
Armand 'The Blackbird' Degas: Well, he's fucking with you.
Richie Nix: You're gonna try to tell me I never spoke to you?
Nelson Davies: Huh?
Armand 'The Blackbird' Degas: No, I think he said he doesn't remember the fucking conversation you had with him over the telephone.
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Kind of bland, despite the cast and somewhat interesting story.
14 June 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I can only blame the director. In the hands of an artistic director, this could have been much better. It seemed kind of like a low budget TV movie, which is perhaps why it was released direct to video. There wasn't really any tension to speak of, which makes for a slightly boring thriller. The characters were sort of interesting, but not so interesting that I wanted the movie to go on past the ending. I suppose the further adventures of the idiotic lowlifes could have been darkly comic, as they imagined themselves being consummate professionals and ultra-macho tough-guys, when it was quite obvious that they had no clue what they were doing. The middle class couple was somewhat interesting, but their story didn't really seem to matter in the grand scheme of things, unfortunately. This isn't a character study, so only token amounts of time were paid to their issues. In the end, I was left wondering why some of the characters were even in the movie, such as Rosario Dawson's character, who seemed to exist merely so that there'd be tension between Joseph Gordon Levitt and Mickey Rourke.

In a true character study (rather than this somewhat tepid thriller) or a novel, you can spend time establishing multiple characters, giving them clear motives, and showing how they go about achieving their motives. I suppose that's what I was expecting, rather than a few token arguments that established the long-running issues in the marriage between Diane Lane and Thomas Jane. It just seemed kind of empty and hollow when compared to what it *could* have been. Furthermore, the lack of suspense was a real issue for me, seeing as how this was billed as a thriller.

Overall, not as good as it should have been, but it's not as bad as it could have been, either. I can only hope that the original Elmore Leonard novel, which I haven't read, was better, because this movie doesn't really make me want to search it out.


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