The reformed criminal Paul Maguire is a businessman in the construction business and happily married with Vanessa Maguire. His sixteen year-old daughter Caitlin Maguire is his pride and joy. One night, Paul and Vanessa go to a dinner party and leave Caitlin with her friends Mike and Evan at home. During the night, his dinner is interrupted by Detective Peter St. John that tells that Caitlin had been kidnapped and her friends are wounded. Paul learns that three criminals had invaded his house and abducted his daughter. Paul meets his friends and former crew, Kane and Danny Doherty, and they unsuccessfully press the smalltime criminals expecting to have news from Caitlin. Soon she is found dead in a park and they see the result of the ballistics indicating that a Russian Tokarev pistol killed Caitlin. Now Paul is haunted by his past and believes that the Russians are seeking revenge. Paul, Kane and Danny start a war against the Russians but no mobster knows any connection of the Russian...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nicolas Cage is a huge fan of Carne de neón (2010), Paco Cabezas' second movie and the one who caught the attention of Hollywood. According to Cabezas, Cage specially loved the performance of Macarena Gómez, and even tried to have her on Tokarev for a role, but Gómez's schedule didn't allow it. See more »
(at around 32 mins) When Paul is talking to Francis in the cemetery, crew and camera equipment are visible reflected in Paul's sunglasses in several shots. See more »
Which is that Cage, a unique actor who rocket-launched to fame in Peggy Sue Got Married (great movie!) is in his 50s and is still in great shape.
He has the potential to do more hit movies.
This is not one of them.
One of the reasons I endured this film (you don't "watch" this film, you "edure" it) is because, although the viewer in me wanted to do something more important (like the laundry) the reviewer in me kept trying to answer the question, "What were they thinking?" I mean, technically the movie not bad, sometime spent more than the price of a Prius on this. So the question is, why? After a lot of thought, it appears to me that young Director Paco Cabezas may possibly been influenced in his childhood by B-level British gangster films, which is the closest analog I can find to this film.
SO, for reasons which shall forever remain a mystery, he decided to do one in America, with American sensibilities, including the mandatory car chase, and starring an American, Nick Cage.
(No mystery why Cage is here, they paid him.) In fairness, Cage does not give a bad performance. It is simply that, based on the script alone, this project should never have been greenlighted.
Aside from dialog that sounds like it was written by a fifth grader, the story offers absolutely nothing in the way of connection or entertainment. In fact, it should come with a warning than anyone already suffering from even mild Depression can only see it with a note from his doctor.
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