|Directed by:||Antoine Fuqua|
|Written by:||Alex Lasker, Patrick Cirillo|
|Cast:||Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser, Fionnula Flanagan, Eamonn Walker, Johnny Messner, Charles Ingram, Chad Smith|
From the outset this is clearly a highly polished special ops based flick that gets right down into the dirt and doesn't mess around, its been well made and well acted from all involved and it shows. Willis is the leader and his small unit of SEALS are mainly unknowns (semi unknowns or character actors) but like 'Predator' 'Rambo' 'Aliens' etc...the casting of unknowns for a special ops unit is the best way forward and again it works perfectly here. The cast work well together and really do know their stuff looking at ease in the African bush as they try to escort African civilians and a doctor to safety across the boarder into Cameroon.
You can almost feel the humidity and smell the blood in this film, the location work is topps and really makes this film look excellent, the cast are all geared up and look correct down to the smallest detail, including the African militants, and the plot although nothing too original does pull at the heart strings as things progress. The only thing I can say about this is Monica Bellucci is really rather annoying in her role, she plays the doctor the SEALS are trying to escort to safety but the whole time she is reluctant and uncooperative to her saviors. Now sure this is the plot and sure a doctor looking after people for so long would be unwilling to leave them behind but at the end of the day everyone gets killed basically because she is so uncooperative haha I really wanted her to get shot haha.
Still its a damn good special elite unit film with a terrific end sequence and fantastic realism, think 'Blood Diamond' and your on the right tracks but not quite as violent. When Willis doesn't show off he can be a good actor but his support are top notch too.