Starring: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Isabelle Huppert
Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev
Synopsis: In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is seduced by a woman seeking retribution.
What could have been a slightly more interesting hitman type movie, is brought down to being just another hitman movie because of it’s generic, seen-it-all-before style ending. It’s like the writers were excited about writing the script and then lost interest towards the end and just cut and paste an ending on to get it finished.
Colin Farrell plays Victor, a Hungarian. A Hungarian who has conveniently lost his accent so much so that he sounds like an Irishman playing an American. He once had a lovely family but they were killed by an evil crime lord (Terrence Howard). So Victor infiltrates the gang, totally undetected so he can exact revenge. All a bit average so far I hear you cry. And you would be right. But, Noomi Repace enters the scene as Victors neighbour. She has been physically and mentally scarred by a car crash, caused by a drink driver. She knows Victor is a bad man, so blackmails him into helping her exact her own revenge. If he doesn’t help, she will let the crime lord know who Victor really is.
You see, this aspect of the film offered up a little something different, and there was a decent scene halfway through when Farrell’s Victor causes a bit of a ruckess with a sniper rifle. The gang search for the sniper, the whole time not realising that it was one of their own. But, from there it started to get too formulaic, and towards the end, and the end itself, it was back to being the film I feared it would be. Which is a shame because it promised more.