Writer: Skip Woods, David Ayer (Screenplay)
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrance Howard, Max Martini, Kevin Vance, Mark Schlegel, Mireille Enos, Maurice Compte, Martin Donovan
Plot: Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
Verdict: Disappointing Action Thriller
Story: We see how an elite DEA team find themselves disgraced by the government after $10 million dollars goes missing during a bust. The team gets put back together but the members start getting picked off. With the money still missing we have a FBI agent trying to figure out who is the person targeting them. We see the team not supporting her help and Breacher trying to keep them in line. We see how the team tries to uncover the truth and battles to stay alive, the truth could end up being closer than anyone imagined. This tries to be too smart in the end throwing in twist after twist that makes the last one come over as pointless. It really changes film type with the last twenty minutes and it’s the only twist you didn’t really see coming. It is not the best and the over the top macho performances from the supporting team don’t help in the end the film disappoints. (5/10)
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Breacher leader of the unit and the one who gets focused on the most. He keeps the team in order when they just want to cause chaos. He works with Caroline to uncover the truth but he is also keeping a few secrets about himself. This is not his best performance by any stretch but it is darker than normal, no funny one liner to ease the action. (6/10)
Sam Worthington: Monster seemingly the loose cannon of the unit who will go over the line when dealing with the bad guys. Sam became unrecognizable for this role but I am not sure why, he didn’t need too. (5/10)
Joe Manganiello: Grinder the hyper macho member of the unit who uses his imposing presences to try and make himself the most important person in the room. I think he is meant to be the actually big softy of the group but due to lack of development in the supporting characters we don’t see this. Does ok with what he is meant to be doing. (6/10)
Terrance Howard: Sugar member of the unit but I am not sure what he was meant to be doing most of the time. Not his fault they wasted his talent. (3/10)
Mireille Enos: Lizzy undercover member of the unit who now has a drug problem make her a very loose cannon. Yet again it was a talented actress in a role that needed more development. (4/10)
Olivia Williams: Caroline teaming up with Breacher to uncover what is going on, trusts him but not a single member of the unit. Somehow she becomes a better cop in combat than the rest of the unit. Does a good job with what she has to work with. (6/10)
Director Review: David Ayer – I read that the production company wanted more action so I will not criticise the director as much because his bigger picture might have been better. (6/10)
Action: Plenty of graphic action violence throughout. (9/10)
Thriller: You do want to know who is behind it all but they never give you enough reason to suspect anyone. (7/10)
Settings: The settings are barely used to create anything extra. (2/10)
Special Effects: To make the gun shots look so real I will give this the credit it is due. (8/10)
Suggestion: I think only action fans will like this at all but I don’t think all of them will enjoy as much as they could have. (Action Fans Try)
Best Part: I only liked the final twist.
Worst Part: The early attempts at twists.
Action Scene Of The Film: Street chase.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $18 Million
Budget: $35 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
Tagline: Leave no loose ends.
Overall: Lack of character development ruins what could have been a good thriller.