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Summary: In the deadly game of international espionage, elite, anonymous operatives wage secret wars for power, information and national security. In a frantic race to obtain an ingenious new assassination device, only two individuals, sworn enemies, have the skill, talent and tenacity to succeed. (Warner Bros.)
Ridiculous and insulting film. It tries on literally no level and insults the intelligence of every person who sees it. 7 points to the pyrotechnics team that had to probably put a lot of time info blowing a lot of things up.
An atrociously bad movie. The plot is retarded and the dialog is horrendous. The action sequences as so awfully shot and put together than what can normally give a bad action movie a moment or two of glory is completely missed here. While I can appreciate a movie as "so bad it's good" this movie goes from "so bad" to "so bad it's awful" to "cinematic cancer" to "cinematic genocide" in the first half hour. Needless to say never, ever see this. It IS just as bad as everyone says.
I remember watching this at my friend's house when we were in eighth grade and when it was over neither of knew anything that had happened in the last two hours. It was instantly forgettable, almost as if it was wiping our memories as we watched it telling us at the same time, subliminally, that everything Lucy Lui and Antonio Banderas would ever do after that would be terrible and that they were terrible people for being a part of this project.
For a director who abbreviates his name to 'Kaos', he makes a pretty mediocre and poorly choreographed action film. It's pretty minor and forgettable, how not to make an action movie or even to create individual action sequences. Only Antonio Banderas seems to have some prescience in this; he looks like he wandered onto the set with a hangover, but his charisma makes it work for the paper-thin character. Aside from that, there are far better films to dig up in this genre.
The principle problem is that the film is not Ecks Vs Sever. It's Ecks and Sever work together to achieve a mutually beneficial goal - the death of someone else, who we're never really clear on why he's a bad guy or what he wants. There's something about genetics which was apparently important in the last 45 seconds of the film. The fight scenes were like test footage of the Matrix without any of the CGI or quick editing done yet. And most damning of all - somehow they made explosions boring.
It's amazing that a film with this many explosions is this boring. Possibly because they used more slo mo than all the Matrix movies and the 300 combined. Looks like everyone was in it for the paycheck too as there's no great performances, and the music is kinda crap.