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This film drags. After a few fits and starts when you hope if finally gets going, another dull, irrelevant scene that could have been left on the cutting room floor sucks you back down.
Donny Wahlberg barely gets a supporting role. Joaquin shines enough you want to suffer to see it through. But the way the action goes down is SOOO unlikely, you wonder who the heck was advising the writers and director. They've obviously never worked a club or scored on a connect. And by the end, all the characters just fall flat.
The first scene is the bomb. You can catch that on Youtube and save the next two hours for something worthy.
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