A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square.Written by
The rooftop of the notorious Heygate Estate in South London was used for the scenes in which Nash (Pierce Brosnan), Balan (Roger Rees), and Pavlou (Benno Fürmann) discuss their plan. The Heygate Estate is a large housing estate in Eiephant anci eastie, Southwark, South London. Built in 1975, the concept was to link all of the areas of the estate via concrete bridges, so there was no need for residents to walk on pavement, or along roads. The estate was once a popular place to live, housing over three thousand people, but it later developed a reputation for crime, poverty, and dilapidation. Despite currently being demolished as part of the regeneration of Elephant and Castle, the Heygate Estate is regularly used for filming. See more »
Nash's Steyr HS .50 cal sniper rifle has a characteristic 'floating barrel' which aids accuracy. Nash, on two occasions, lays the barrel itself on a wall to make a shot - no experienced sniper or shooter would do such. See more »
[stamps on his hands making him slide down and over a sky scraper roof plunging into Times Square far below]
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In the three-dimensional animated end credits, images form by flurries of random letters in the background, e.g. of Milla Jovovich's face, the Capitol and the US Foreign Service logo. See more »
So many good ingredients but the flavour is bland...
I was really looking forward to this film, Director James McTeigue had made me an instant fan with "V for Vendetta".
Pierce Brosnan did an admirable job with the material that he was given, evoking the same ice cold villain persona that he had perfected in such films as "The Fourth Protocol" and "Don't Talk to Strangers".
Milla Jovovich is a decent actress but much of her role involves reacting to situations with close ups of shock/surprise. It was not a good fit.
Supporting actors including Robert Forster and Angela Basset round out the impressive cast but they are largely wasted.
I see 2 main issues with this film:
1) The storyline is very clichéd, especially the predictable 3rd act and much of the dialogue is very stilted. 2) The CGI in many parts is sub par and takes you out of your suspension of disbelief.
Having said all this, I still found it to be a competent thriller worth watching with these caveats.
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