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Gore is not my usual thing but this is a sort of chess game plus Spanish prisoner plus violence with very nice looking male leads that turns out to be worth the time spent on it. Agree that some of the details could be improved but all in all, it is worth the two hours. One thing that is very striking is the casting. The Tom Archer character and his son are cast with actors who look like a father and son. remarkably so and the kid is a beautiful child with real camera presence. the actress who plays the mom looks like she could be the mom but beyond that is a prop. the one line that resonates is that when she looks at her husband, she sees the son. So does the audience. That said, the mechanic is a somewhat handsomer version of the same type and the two of them fill the screen with enough male energy to make the screen sizzle. the bad guys are very bad indeed and the good guys -- one a bit more shaded than the other but still coming down squarely on the "hero" side, are satisfying. In the end, it is a parable, a chess game, a conundrum and a lesson that probably needs to be learned by most of us in that things aren't simple, bad things happen and that two wrongs most assuredly don't make a right but that the male instinct to protect should be understood and supported when it appears in the sheepdog because that is our only defense against the ravening wolves amongst us.
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