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In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly-prized and little-known unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must transport an asset (Iko Uwais) who has vital information to an airfield for extraction before the enemy closes in. Also starring Lauren Cohan, Rhonda Rousey, and John Malkovich, this film is "loaded with edge of your seat action" (Steve Weintraub, Collider).
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Mark Wahlberg was the biggest disappointment, his acting is over the top and childish. Its hard to believe a leader of an elite special ops team would be so juvenile. And the rubber band? Wahlberg constantly plays with and snaps a rubber band on his wrist while he screams, swears, and berates everyone he comes in contact with. Wow, what a leader! Great team building there.
Lauren Cohan isn't much better. I've enjoyed them in other roles, so perhaps it was the director at fault? Rousey? Not an actress. Iko Uwais was the only one worth watching, but suspend disbelief because no one could take those hits without a mark or loss of agility.
Overall might be worth a rental, just be glad you didn't waste $15 going to the theatre to see it. Hopefully our real special activities division has more mature and competent officers.
Supporting cast is outstanding, Ronda Rousey (Expendables) and Lauren Cohan (Walking Dead) are believable as female gunfighters. Iko Uwais as a local defector who plays Li Noor, reminds me of Jet Li. He is "the package" who has vital information for the CIA. He looks like a future star, great presence in every scene. Don't believe the reviews out there from "movie experts" on the internet. I have watched movies for 45 years, this is a good film for its genre. The action scenes remind me of Black Hawk Down, 13 Hours (Secret Soldiers of Benghazi). Intense urban warfare, that I found realistic. Take Expendables and give it a shot of adrenalin, with a much better plot.
I am a war veteran who trained with the Navy, Marines, Army, in combat medicine. Never in Special Forces, I have met these men in my 14 years of service who are the real deal. The action knocked me out breathless, I thought I was going to have a heart problem, tachycardia, palpitations, the works. Very realistic to me, I trouble shoot any film involving the military.
Mark Wahlberg reminded me of Tom Berenger the platoon Sgt. of the Oliver Stone classic. He is a pit bull who does not accept defeat, does not accept excuses from his team members. Are you good to go, or are you out! Short tempered, brief with answers, yelling to make his point under crisis. He is a leader who will keep you alive in the arena of exploding shrapnel. Mark is full throttle, get out of my way, an alpha male leading the charge. Will he get his team out of trouble and complete the mission?
In any action movie the viewer is asked to "suspend reality" as a trade off for good entertainment. Okay, I did my part, where's the entertainment??