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For the past few years Wahlberg has been cranking out the action films at a pace that truly amazes. He's been nominated twice for an Oscar ("The Fighter" in 2010 and "The Departed" in 2006) and recognized for "Three Kings" (1999), and "Four Brothers" (2005), although my favorite Wahlberg role (and guilty pleasure) "Shooter" (2007) has been ignored on the awards circuit.
If his awards were not sufficient praise, Wahlberg has delivered at the box office. Seven of his films have neared or topped the elusive $100 Million mark, and most of his films have been among the top 10.
And if awards and box office clout aren't enough, Wahlberg has a second career as a producer, a role he served on this film and on Oscar nominated "The Fighter" (2010) as well as several TV series ("Broadwalk Empire", "Entourage").
Unfortunately, Wahlberg is about the best thing in this film, apart from some good action scenes with lots of explosions and a coy performance from J. K. Simmons who apparently got time off from his role as the Police Chief in "The Closer".
Perhaps the problem is with the writers (Aaron Guzikowski, Arnaldur Indrioason, Oskar Jonasson) and director (Baltasar Kormakur), none of whom have much experience with American style action films. But they worked on an Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam" (2008) and that film was the basis of this one. Or, more likely, the problem is that the villain, Giovanni Ribisi, simply carries no menace.Read more ›
The movie had many twists and turns. Wahlbergs character (Chris Farraday) simply did not want to get pulled back into a life of crime again, but at each turn you can feel him get pulled deeper and deeper into it.
Acting may not have been the best, but this movie definitely keeps you interested until the end. Its not really a full on action movie. It is a part action part suspense movie. The combination works throughout.
Not sure how folks give this a low rating. If you do not like suspense and action...why even bother watching.
Another good movie from Wahlberg.
It finally gets good in the last 40 minutes, if one can stay with it that long.
It starts with tough-guy action, right off the bat. But there is no character development, so we don't care about these people until close to the end.
The dialogue tries to be macho and tough, but it just comes out silly.
Who can take criminals seriously when their disguise is to duct tape their faces? I mean, really? And it wasn't meant as a joke, either. It was serious in the plot.
Now, this next part probably won't interest anyone who is not from Panama, unless you are interested in things being more accurate. I am from Panama and this embarrasses me. It was distracting in the biggest way.
They got city names wrong in Panama, in pronunciation. Does everyone not know that double ll's in Spanish is usually pronounced as a "y?" All they had to do was google the names and viola, there is the proper pronunciation.
Mark is wearing a leather jacket outside in Panama the whole time. Really?
Accents were screwed up. Mexican accents are not anywhere near Panamanian accents. They are two different countries very far apart in geography. It would be like casting someone with a heavy French accent who says they are from Kansas.
Pilots do not take ships through the canal. Only canal pilots do that. They board the ship and take it through. If they hit the side, like in this movie, the ship would be there for a very long time.
I could have overlooked how bad this movie is, if they had gotten the rest right.... maybe.
It's just so bad.
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If you happen to be a big fan of Mark Wahlberg doing his famous hustle to earn that hard cold cash ways. This is the best movie for you to watch.Published 1 month ago by edward03