I had a hard time deciding between 2.5 or 3 stars for this one. It hovers right there, in between mediocrity and success. I went with the 3 stars because despite where it fails, with pretty much every character portrayal besides the lead, it shines enough in one place: the lead.
Molly is an interesting and terrifying enough character portrayal that she engaged my interest in a way that was both heartbreaking and fearful. All the other characters feel hollow…
Lee: I like to let people talk who like to talk. It lets me find out how full of shit they are.
Carter: What the hell did you just say?
Carter: This is the LAPD. We're the most hated cops in all the free world. My own mama's ashamed of me. She tells everybody I'm a drug dealer.
Lee: Why would they not want my help?
Carter: Because they don't give a damn about you! They don't like…
This rating is for the theatrical release only, I won't bother going into the Director's cut, as I was really disappointed by it. There is no aspect of this movie that doesn't perfectly resonate with me; perfect casting across the board, the plot, the script, the lighting and cinematography, music, wardrobe, sets, hell, even the props, everything. Modern day pulp and Mel Gibson at their best.