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Danielle C. Ryan
This film doesn't have much in terms of a cast, budget, or acting, but what it lacks in those areas it makes up for by being fun to watch.. somehow.
You can tell right off the bat that the film is low budget, not a Hollywood blockbuster, and doesn't feature any big names. The acting is dry and terribly forced in some places, but it doesn't detract from the overall pace or excitement of the film. The action sequences are pretty much non-stop, and you're never left with long patches of dialogue or drawn out scenes with no action -- which, I'll be honest, for this film is a good thing.
Anyway, you're presented with a fast-paced action ala one man against a slew of "bad guys" (who this time happen to be North Koreans) in a race against time to save a loved one. It's a pretty typical story, but off skew just enough for it to be enjoyable and not entirely akin to 25 cent action movies from the bargain bin. This, coupled with the abundance of well-choreographed action scenes makes this film a fun ride.
Bottom line, if you go in expecting this to be an amazing, thought provocative action film with densely woven plot lines, you'll be rather disappointed. On the other hand, if you go in thinking this is going to be some kind of cheese fest (see "The Marine"), you'll be more than pleasantly surprised. It is the best it can be for what it is, if that makes any sense.
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