|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, L.L. Cool J., Josh Charles|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Cops & Robbers|
|Run time:||1 hour 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
Most helpful review
Well what did you expect!!!By I Shot JR! from Plymouth, England , 14 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I won't hear any complaints by watchers of this film! Unless you were born yesterday, you know what to expect before you hire it, which is of course, no-brains action and knuckle-head machismo. But isn't that the point? Sometimes we need some testosterone-pumping drivel to watch and not have to think about. Well, it made me feel better anyway and if this film had turned out to be touching and sensitive I think I would be feeling pretty cheated right now! As it is, this bog-standard action movie, lacking in plot and substance (think Top Gun for the 'noughties' but not as good!), leaves me feeling recharged and ready to begin watching and appreciating some meaningful and hopefully original material again (at least until Paycheck or the next Jackie Chan movie!). These money-spinners will continue to be made and will continue to put (boys') bums on seats, maintaining the equilibrium currently threatened by the overwhelming amount of wishy-washy chick flicks available. Just watch and enjoy it for what it is or don't bother!
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Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I have to start off by saying that I'm a fan of action movies, so in theory I should have enjoyed this movie, but instead I was left feeling like it missed so many opportunities. Sure, they blow stuff up and the set-pieces are competently done, but the human element was lacking for me.
Samuel L. Jackson turned in his usual sterling performance, while Colin Farrell was as two-dimensional as ever - I've yet to see a movie with him in it where the character he plays has convinced me in any way. They go through the trouble of bringing in the whole tired cliche of the girl-with-a-guy's-name, the Token Woman whose application wouldn't have been considered if she had a proper girly name and who kicks arse (played by Michelle Rodriguez, who looks bored half the time). Except we never actually see any of this onscreen - after we meet her Token Woman is barely allowed to break a sweat. I kept thinking 'okay, any minute now they're going to make Token Woman kick someone's arse' and it never happens. This movie was a waste of a good supporting cast, really, though kudos to Josh Charles who turns in an excellent and restrained performance as TJ, in comparison to Jeremy Renner (Gamble) who really needs to stop over-acting quite so much.
All in all, I was left feeling cheated and wondering where the rest of the movie was - sadly this was a pallid version of what it might have been. I guess after a steady diet of Hong Kong movies, I like to see my protagonists put some effort into what they're doing...
SWATBy LWF (16 reviews) from Lewes , 11 Mar 2008This film was not very good. I fell asleep in the middle of it. Disjointed and poor acting
An almost perfect action movieBy Thedonald (61 reviews) from Aberdeen , 05 Feb 2008Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrell and LL Cool J together in one movie. What's better than that is that this is a full on action movie that once it gets going in unstoppable. It has fun, starts with the action you see more of later and although weighed down with some of the cliches you'd expect of something that has to appeal to a variety of audiences is interesting nevertheless.
What I really liked about it, despite the fact that the plot is simple - a Euopean terrorist suspect is arrested and detained and while being captured after an escape attempt makes a plea to be rescued on live ' as you see it' tv and offers a multi-million reward - is that it offers more still. Needless to say in the story, a number of gangs and mobs have a pop at liberating the euro-crim but the biggest threat comes from someone with a little inside knowledge (and that's enough already!!).
The training sequences are excellently done and I'd say that anyone wanting an action movie will not be disappointed with this one. If you like fights, weapons and hardware, this is a film you will like. The dvd I saw also had extras with some exciting deleted scenes and a short on the tv series SWAT. Its a good package and rewarding viewing. I liked it and like dthe director's approach to the action.
Love thisBy Kelly Baker from Stanley , 14 Nov 2007I love this film i've seen it loads now, fantastice.
This movie was a flopBy a customer from England , 19 Aug 2007This movie was a let down. I was expecting much more!