|Directed by:||John Moore|
|Cast:||Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht, Charles Malik Whitfield, Joaquim De Almeida, David Keith|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
Really dig this film. It's slick, fast paced but still damn tense and often scary in terms of tone of the film, which is something you don't often experience - but you really feel it in this one which is even more of a surprise because of the stylish direction, which while usually cool, does sometimes take you out of the picture and doesn't let you invest and feel it as much as you should. Here however you really feel the events and the situations and your heart beats just as fast and just as slow as our main characters does.
At times it's a rather depressing film in the sort of 'there is no hope, period' way even though you want to believe there's a way, there just really, really doesn't seem like there will be. The script/screenplay is surprisingly solid, with great fun to be had in the first act until everything goes to hell, where the film and script still manages to hold up equally as well in the almost direct opposite mood and situations in the second and third act compared to the first. The dialog is solid, the twists and turns catch you by surprise and it all just fits together quite well because of the direction.
The direction is actually one of the highlights of the picture. While it didn't have to be as stylish as it was, I felt all the style really helped it in the end and added to the intensity in almost every scene. The director never goes overboard with the style, and isn't afraid to go back to basics, but when the time calls for it, whether in a subtle way or going all out he pulls out all the stops and it works wonderfully.
Overall it's a damn fun film with a great action hero performance from Owen Wilson, a fine script, great direction and some great action sequences. Recommended.