Starring: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Tómas Lemarquis, Richard Sammel, Marc Andreoni, Bruno Ricci, Jonas Bloquet, Eriq Ebouaney
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Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) is an international spy who has seen it all. He’s on his last mission before he gives it all up and tries to build a relationship with his estranged wife and daughter with whom he has tried to keep at arm’s length from all the shooting, danger and other spy things. He’s also terminally ill. Only his last mission doesn’t go to plan and the bad guy gets away.
Queue hot chick in a fast car (Amber Heard) who offers him a cure for his illness on the condition that he does one last job, meanwhile he tries to complete the biggest mission of them all…: understanding his teenage daughter. Oh and did I mention that this miracle serum that he is given to save his live acts as a hallucinogen and sends him loopy? It’s OK, vodka takes the edge off… Ahh sweet vodka, it really is the answer to all life’s problems.
You might think this sounds like a comedy: man close to retirement has to complete one last mission; magic life saving serum… Well it’s not a comedy, at least I don’t THINK it is. In some places the movie does bring a smile to your face, but more because of the lunacy of what is going on rather than it actually meaning to be funny.
Costner has done his fair share of action in movies such as ‘The Bodyguard’ and ‘Waterworld’ and he doesn’t look out of place, but the script and action sometimes does. When this film hit the cinema and I saw the trailers it gave me the impression of a very different film and although this film was enjoyable to a degree, it would have been fun to see a straight up action film with Costner without the (what I assume were intentional) comedy elements.
The strange pacing and script all made a little bit more sense when I say the script was a story written by Luc Beeson who brought us ‘Leon’ and one of my favourites ‘The Fifth Element’. Add that to the direction of McG (Anyone forgive him for ‘Charlies Angels’?) and it explains how this film comes a little bit from left field.
Once I got past the ‘is it a comedy or not?’ question, I actually quite enjoyed the film. Like I mentioned, the script is a little weird but the action is OK and it’s a good popcorn movie to sit back and all you need to think about is how ridiculous it all is!
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