Writer: Siti Munawirah MustaffaWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Ride Like Hell” and “Hijacked”
For the umpteenth time, 'cliche' has become this reviewer's word of the day, as it slowly turns itself into a genre that serves nothing more than to gently rub the audiences' back while they throw up into the popcorn bag throughout the one and a half hour show. It seems, unfortunately, that the trailer has done a better job than the film itself, thus causing quite the misleading invitation to many.
Starring Henry Cavill as Will Shaw, alongside Bruce Willis (Martin Shaw) and Sigourney Weaver (Jean Carrack), this bad imitation of the Bourne trilogy follows Will's reunion with his family on a rented boat in Spain, prior to them being missing. Ignorant of what has been going around, Will soon discovers that his father, Martin was a CIA agent and that his family is held captive over a stolen briefcase which contains something very crucial, much to the life and death of the parties involved.
As if the "Not again?" storyline is not enough to keep your eyes rolling, the action thriller comes loaded with car chases, shootouts, and all of those painfully familiar mumbo-jumbos enough to be stacked into the DVD store and straight into your television (that is, if you're still eager to watch it in the next few months to come).
The only part of this film that deserves the thumbs up would be Cavill's piercing blue eyes and his ability to speak like an American, despite being British. It does not, however, prevent him from falling flat, which is a shame because the soon-to-be Superman does seem to show a little potential. Willis and Weaver, on the other hand, are merely playing themselves in those comfortable, nicely tailored-cut roles and nothing more, only this time they seem to be duller than before. How and why they took the stint when they could have aimed for better offers, no one knows.
Of course, like every other Hollywood film, it's a pre-requisite to include an eye candy such as Veronica Echegui who plays Lucia Caldera. Before you get your hopes up, prepare to crash as Lucia turns out to be Henry's half-sister, so there won't be anything hanky-panky, unless, by some twisted mind, the director decides to include some elements of incest. As expected from a B-graded, mid-budget action film, Echegui's main role is to look pretty and nothing more.
Instead of thrilling, this catastrophic combination of the all-too-familiar lines and actions comes across as tiring. It won't do you harm if you dodge your way out of this rusty piece, no matter how much of a 'spy-fi' fan you are.
So, what's inside the briefcase, really? No one knows. But does anyone even care to find out? Heck, no.Cinema Online, 10 September 2012