Directed by Martin Campbell
Written by William Monahan & Andrew Bovell
I had mild interest in this when it came out it theaters. It stars an older Mel Gibson, but a Mel Gibson nonetheless, and is directed by Martin Campbell, director of Casino Royale, an action film I really enjoyed. But alas, I did not catch up with it until now, and I think I made the right decision. It was a fair movie with some interesting plot turns and some decent action in it. The acting was not awful, nor was it impressive. Generally January is the place for films to go and die, but if this would have been released during awards season it certainly would have died.
It is based on a BBC series I know nothing about, and I found that hard to believe given the plot; I don’t understand how it could have been an entire series when the plot was so beginning, middle, end. A young woman, Emma Craven, comes home to her father, a Boston detective, shows strange symptoms, has something to tell her father, then gets shot dead on the porch by a masked man. The authorities figure Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) was the true target, but a strange man (Ray Winstone) and a possible corruption plot at Emma’s place of business have Thomas on the search for Emma’s killers.
It is a fairly suspenseful, interesting thriller that has a few good action scenes in it. There were a few points of disbelief in my mind. But overall I had a decent time with the film and it held my attention. Not something that will be well remembered, but if you find yourself with an empty night and this on the shelf or on the tube, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to have to watch either. Kind of a let down for Campbell’s follow up to Casino Royale and Mel Gibson’s return to acting essentially since 2002’s Signs. I still anticipate their works in the future.