medioicre.biased. repetitive. shallow analysis. low on info. skip it.
I feel like we have a case of the emperor has no clothes on. This dreary washed out, tired bored gangster flic was bloated self-indulgence in the extreme. We don't learn anything about the characters or their motivations, just that they are fatigued but diligent gangsters. We're not drawn in to care about anyone. There is virtually no female element in the film--a film about a guy who married twice and had four daughters.
All of it turgidly rattled by…
Well put together, production-wise, it felt like a JCVD movie from the 90s. Something was missing though. It wasn't actually engaging--the stakes didn't feel real, a hunger for vengeance hadn't been stirred by the story--despite devoting a lot of time to the story. This one was very take it or leave it. It was nice to see Keith David, even if he seemed sort of out of place.