Dwayne Johnson comes out of prison after having served a 10-year sentence with just one motive. He wants to avenge the murder of his brother in a botched up bank heist and sets out killing all the suspects, one by one.
But someone seems to have hired an assassin (Oliver Jackson Cohen) to kill him instead. Who is the mysterious man and who will strike first?
Cast & Characters
When Dwayne Johnson's around, you expect the screen to explode. Specially when you know he is not strutting his comic avatar as in films like Tooth Fairy and The Game Plan. His hard Rock physique and stony face appeal has managed to entertain viewers, both in high-drama wrestle mania bouts and in films like Scorpion King which fully exploit his charisma.
He does don the action hero avatar here as the silent, raging and murderous hitman who is hell bent on revenge. But the action cuts are watered down and the plot hangs too loosely on a wafer-thin vengeance track. Also, there are too many characters who flit in and out with assorted weapons, motives and stories from the troubled past. You kind of loose concentration with all the comings and goings. Add to this Billy Bob Thornton's wishy-washy cop-on-the-edge act and his blow hot-blow cold chemistry with his associate (Carla Gugino) and you have a film that should have pumped the adrenalin faster. Much Faster....
Watch out for a few stylish camera angles, a bit of smart editing and fragments of action cuts that are arresting.