If it weren't for the presence of Mel Gibson, this would have been just another B-action movie "Taken" clone and, while it still might be that, Gibson elevates the film and the film actually has a good bantery sense of humor, something the "Taken" movies don't.
Too bad the cinematography is shit and the story truly is predictable because this movie certainly is a step in the right direction for disgraced former A-List movie star Gibson's film career.
Is it a perfect movie? No, not at all. It's flawed as all get out but Gibson gives a good performance and Erin Moriarity is cute.
You would think I would love this movie. It seems right up my alley but it's a slog. I knew I was in for trouble when the opening scene was an out-take of a drunken Orson Welles (in his final on-screen performance) flubbing his lines. This is the Orson Welles Will Ferrell was clearly parodying when he played the fictional Eric Jonrosh.
It was all over the place.
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