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Not a deep move, just a good revenge movie
on June 21, 2016
It was entertaining. This is not a deep movie that makes you want to understand the characters and the motivations even more. It's kind of like "Kill Bill" - but without all the fun and whimsy (to go along with all that blood and killing).
Pure revenge movie, lots of interesting action - good stuff built on guns, cars, and "justice". The movie has many, many flaws - don't look for them, just immerse yourself in a crazy ride. The storyline itself gets distracted by a couple of things:
1/ The movie tries to take itself a little too seriously by sharing things about characters that could make an interesting sub-plot ... but these tangents actually go nowhere. For example, at one point we see Dwayne Johnson's former lover. There really wasn't much point to that....
2/ The story gradually unfolds, sharing bits and pieces at a time. Again, it's a bit like Kill Bill, where we basically pick up on the action right away, then the movie starts to fill in the blanks, relying on flashbacks, for instance. Same thing here. For the most part, it works well - my only issue is that it goes a bit too far in trying to build some drama with a bit of a twist. It was a nice tough - but perhaps a tad overused in this action movie.
None of those are deal-killers. It's worth watching when you just want to see a revenge movie with interesting characters, cars, and guns. And not have to think too much.