First I'm sorry cause this is gonna be a spoiler review, i hate doing spoilers review and usually avoid them, but to make you really understand the problems of this movie i have to.
Brian Austin Green is Callan AKA Cross, because he wear a green glowing cross on his chest that allows him to deflect bullets and force push his adversary...(nop, he does not have a lightsaber tough) The idea is cool, yet you see him do that is maybe 2 scenes before he get his cross stolen for the whole movie, and only take it back at the very end to beat the bad guy...
The rest of his team are a bunch of various weapon experts and in all fairness they could had been interesting, but the problem is the movie waste so much time on useless "build up" scenes where your supposed to fear for the team and all before some gunfights and still fail miserably, or some "character build up" with the love interest but in the end you just don't give a damn. So you end up knowing a bit these guys by there name and all, but there "roles" in the movie are just merely a title and you could easily rename them "henchmen 1, henchmen 2 and so on". They even show a scene where Callan lose the "love of his life" (its really that badly shown) and all you see is her getting hit by a random bullet and this serve NO PURPOSE at all for the whole movie. You get one little argument scene with one of the chick of his team, but thats it, never mentioned again, and yes he still bang another chick after merely pushing her advance for ... 2 secs.
At least they give a little character development to Backfire played by Jake Busey, but he is the only interesting member of the team, all the rest are just there to be there. Shark is supposed to be the hand to hand fighter, yet you see him fight hand to hand really once in his introduction. Ranger is supposed to be the sniper, yet you see him snipe one time only... There is just too much guys for the movie to handle.
Even the villains, they try to portray Michael Clark Duncan's henchmen with a personality but after a few useless scenes where they kill an officer giving them a parking ticket, they become pointless thugs and I'm not even sure if i see them again... can't remember.
There is so much people in this movie for so little action, its crazy. Most of the movie is dialogue and badly written dialogue more or less. The acting is OK, and the cast is surprisingly well known, but the problem is the rest, the general idea of the script was OK, but the screen writing is Awful.
I saw plenty of B movies showing a team of mercenaries or whatever fighting the forces of evil and all, and they even had worst special effects and yet i still got interest because of character development. But like i said, outside Callan which is OK i guest in the role of the hero, all the rest are just useless team members, and in all fairness i could almost not see any difference between the 2 blonde chicks of his team past there introduction. The only noticeable difference i saw was that one was slightly a little more important because she is on the cover and talk a bit to the hero.
You wanna see a team well played, look at the expendables. I know, i know, big budget, but I'm not talking about the budget of the movies, but about how they introduce and make the characters interesting.
Cross is something that could had been pretty good for B fans, but end up as a huge disappointment, especially considering the cast and all, i will say for once I'm in agreement with IMDb's rating for this one, even tough i give it 5, i am a VERY easy to please cinema addict usually, so i can understand the general public give it a 3.
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