Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal.
The science in the film might be fresh and evolving, but the idea hooks into timeless themes that have been fascinating humankind for ages - from who we are if our memories are obliterated to the dream of bringing the dead back to life - and that set the production team's imaginations reeling. They began to envision a character unlike any other, a criminal whose frontal lobes were so badly damaged they left him full of violent rage and devoid of feeling for others . . . until he suddenly gets his first chance at deep human emotions in the midst of an all-out run for his life. Co-screenwriter Douglas Cook said: "It's a kind of modern 'Frankenstein' concept. We were intrigued by the idea of what happens if you take a very damaged monster and actually start to humanize him through the effects of this memory transfer. What happens to a criminal when he starts having the feelings associated with a CIA agent's memories? For someone like Jerico, damaged at a young age . . . this is a revolution within him. For us the magic of this movie is allowing audiences to take a journey with this horrible man who uncovers a heart and a soul through the course of the story. One of the tragedies of Jerico [Stewart (Kevin Costner] is that before he had the memory transfer, he was oblivious. But now, he realizes what a monster he had been, and he doesn't want to be that 'thing' any more . . . yet he is aware that the operation he had is not forever and the monster will return. As we wrote, we focused on delivering huge action but also on the transformation of this character." See more »
When Jericho gets in the builder's van and is driving away the radio is playing radio 1 which is at FM: 97.6 MHz - 99.7 MHz (UK)
97.1 MHz (Jersey).
But when we see the radio its on kiss 100. See more »
They messed with my brain. Thought they knew what they'd get, but they were wrong. They don't know me. I do not know what happens next, but this I do know: you hurt me... I hurt you worse.
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Drift And Fall Again
Written by Yael Shoshana Cohen, Dekel Dvir, Mati Gilad, Gil Landau, Rami Osservaser, Keith Power and Brian Tyler
Performed by Madsonik Feat. Lola Marsh
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This film has been saved by its stars: Ryan Reynolds first and Kevin Costner few minutes later will make you forget most of plot's unbelievable logical holes, awful editing (what's Alice Eve's end?), repetitive scenes and complete lack of bad guy's motive (Jordi Mollà).
And Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman and Michael Pitt (Alice Eve here is little more than an extra) strive to fill with workmanship and dignity their otherwise gaunt supporting roles.
They all succeed in saving the day and in the end you won't fall asleep or leave theater in contempt. But on your way home you could probably comment that this is one of the most useless (or unconvincing) films you ever watched.
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