Action, interactions and finales full of surprises of the right sort. It was neat that I was wrong in my guesses of "what happens next" in some places and right in others, especially the ending scenes. They did a fine job. Richard Gere is an old favorite and Topher Grace a newer one and it fine to Martin Sheen again as well.
I like the people in the roles - they seemed to be a good company who worked well together.
Something created a feeling of being included in the scenario - possibly the 3D or 5.1 sound that CAN create the effect of putting the viewer more into the action with the players.
But here are Two things for thought.
1. IDEA: skip the music and include only the reality sounds....emphasizing foreground and peripheral / background noise to share, as in the Irish poem ,"The music of what happens" . Viewers should not ever think they are watching Mary Poppins. With the artful music factored out, it's a lot grittier - seedy and horrible and terrifying as it SHOULD be to anyone who values life and good values.
Was it supposed to be funny including the Richard Gere and the prostitute scene? A real-life prostitute in that place would have been more wretched...not "U no who" in any way.
2. I did a lot in many capacities with new children's projects in schools private and public - wish they'd be more responsible for what they let a small child view. One day internet security will take care of that.
Garrotte or wire is horrible to watch because it makes it fast and easy to do a gruesome thing - any time we make death look easy-peasy it is wrong, and yet that it what happens in these films.
Death is supposed to be at least NOT desirable..ANY death.
The proliferation of deaths in these films is wildly unhealthy - undermines human basics. Others here said the violence was good or great....how is violence EVER good or great?
i know that readers of my review will think these remarks absurd but I know I am right - it is time for media to be more for "Truth, Justice and the American Way" for a bit.