|Directed by:||DJ Caruso|
|Written by:||Travis Wright, John Glenn, Hillary Seitz|
|Cast:||Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie, Billy Bob Thornton|
I've watched this one a few times now and while I don't love it, it just doesn't get old no matter how many times I've seen it and even already knowing the big twist of the film (even though I think it was unfortunately given away in the marketing campaign anyway).
It's just a really fun and stylish film. A great thriller from beginning to end that keeps the tension and pace up and even though there are a couple familiar elements to it, still manages to pull above everything and be it's own beast. The action is well shot and adrenaline inducing and the dialog, while not the most complex out there, is beginning to end interesting and the actors seem comfortable in their roles and offer fine performances all around.
The music is very fitting and atmospheric, but more than anything it's varied and just fits very well in most every scene it's really utilized. While not the great film of all time, it's an incredibly tight thriller that has me interested time after time. Great direction, a solid script and some good performances all add up to a really entertaining trip with an awesome ballsy, effective and satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended.