Gory, Trashy Fun;
The Plot Might Be Familiar;
But It Won’t Matter.
You know those movies that aren’t very good, and yet…they are undeniably awesome? For me, this was exactly that type of movie. The level of pulp and gore are sky high, and the fun factor is through the roof, but all the while, you can’t really identify strong points in things like the writing or direction. The question is, does that kind of thing matter? This time around, in my mind…not really.
After the first scene, I realized I would have to look at this on a different level, and I wound up enjoying it along the same lines as Smokin’ Aces and Shoot ‘Em Up. It is ridiculously over the top at times but that is where its charm lies, as you’ll find yourself laughing more often than you would think when starting a movie like this. I haven’t read the source material, but I imagine it is fairly faithful as an adaptation because of how often the frames are made to look like comic book material. Between the editing, lettering on the screen and special effects during action sequences, the filmmakers do a solid job of bringing those pages to life.
Mads Mikkelsen is just awesome to watch all-around, especially when he’s on a revenge mission. He doesn’t have a lot of dialogue but doesn’t need it, because that’s not what he needs to worry about. He is there to simmer and go full badass mode, and does both very, very well. He is always a step ahead and has a never ending list of exceedingly violent ways to hurt someone, and his performance channels a sense of believability. Mikkelsen and co-star Vanessa Hudgens even have a scene late in the film that allows for more range than the preceding two hours, which is a nice touch that helps to level out some of the cheese that other actors deliver.
You’ve seen this plot before and most likely you will predict the second half before the first half is over. So if you’re skimming Netflix looking for something totally original, this may not be your cup of tea. But if you want something that will breeze through its two hours and keep you entertained on a few different levels? This is the movie for you!