dir. by Clark Johnson
Script: David Ayer, David McKenna, Jim McClain, Robert Hammer, Ron Mita
Cast: Colin Farrell, LL Cool J, Michelle Rodriguez, Olivier Martinez, Samuel L. Jackson
Setting: Los Angelos
Rated : 2 Stars
The latest offering from Colin Farrell and another film featuring cops. But sadly this is a rubbish film. The dialogue is so cliched that one has to laugh the whole way through, or else walk out in disgust. Luckily I was in the mood for a bit of a no-brainer, otherwise I would have gone to see Wilbur (wants to kill himself), which I am still looking forward too.
Back to the film in question I suppose. The good points: Colin Farrell’s hair. Very nice, as indeed is Colin himself. Also I’m a fan of Michelle Rodriguez, but she gets very little to do, apart from being the token female. LL Cool J gets to be family guy and Samuel L Jackson is the tough sarge who gets the job done but never by the book. The captain is your typical bureaucrat who spews forth clichés- hang on I was supposed to be on the good parts. It is just that there are so few. Hmmm, oh Olivier Martinez is quite entertaining as the over-the-top psycho French international criminal who doesn’t care about anything. Plus his accent is so OTT you have to laugh; “Don’t cry, you can buy new friends” was my favourite line by him.
The direction is pretty crap. I did enjoy the way camcorders and security tape was used to give a sense of being there in the action but it was over done, and the shaky running longside the cops was way too shaky to be useful.
Watchable purely for its OTT French baddie and the acting of Farrell’s eyebrows