A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.
Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. Written by
One of the several Sun Gym gang criminals Dwayne John's character was comprised of was John Raimondo. He was 6'5", 250 lbs, a power-lifter, karate expert and a six-year employee of the Metro-Dade County Corrections Department who (when he wasn't guarding inmates at the county jail) liked to brag he was out committing home invasions. John Raimondo was the actual person who they approached and payed to help them with disposing of the 2 bodies. In return Doorbal and Lugo payed him $9000, a Rolex watch (which was actually Marc Schiller's [in the movie named Victor Kershaw played by Tony Shalhoub]) and gave him the Lamborghini Diablo (which he then had to get rid of because it was evidence). John Raimondo later pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and was sentenced to eight years in prison. See more »
When the assistant in the gun shop is shot with the Taser you can clearly see the outline of body armor under his shirt. See more »
This movie was near perfect to me, and let me explain why: The actors
portraying the three (can you call them) anti hero's incredibly well. I
don't quite know how accurate they were in comparison to the real
criminals but as standalone characters they were pitch perfect (even
the Rock, who may have actually stolen the show for me).
Tony Shaloub is no actor to be laughed at, he played such an
interesting 3 dimensional yet despicable character that forced me to
try to come to terms with how I felt with him being the victim.
And what really made the movie for me was the phenomenal writing and
directing combination, there were intensely serious moments surrounded
by the blackest of black comedy, something that shouldn't have worked,
but it did!
My only problem with the flick is that it IS a true story. From what
I've heard it's not even based on a true story, it's just a
sensationalized docudrama with added humour... Christ (re read this
after you see the movie and then you'll find it funny... I hope)
TL;DR VERSION Not for kids; great movie with great casting, writing,
direction, cinematography etc.; But it loses a point for taken such a
sad, serious story and making it painfully funny.
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