Release Date: February 1, 2013
An action movie starring Sylvester Stallone as a hit man tracking down his partner’s killer. If the plot sounds a bit generic, it is because the movie is generic. Nothing about this movie stands out as good. The beginning starts as a semi-slow motion black and white shot of someone being shot and a voice over letting us know what we are about to see leads up to this moment. The entire scene looks like it is from a bad episode of Law & Order and should have let me know it was going to be a boring film. To be clear, I generally love action movies and grew up loving Stallone, but this movie is a poor excuse for an action movie and a sad excuse for a Stallone performance.
When the credits rolled I saw it was directed by Walter Hill. This guy has made some damn fine films over the years. He made The Warriors and 48 Hours for Christ’s sake. He took a 10-year break from directing movies and came back to do this? Then I notice it was written by a guy who won a freaking Oscar! So, we have a movie written by an Oscar winner, directed by an accomplished two-time Emmy winner and staring a three-time Oscar nominee and it was pretty damn terrible for a major studio production. Oh, and it stars a pre-Game of Thrones Jason Momoa whose performance isn’t very good and makes me a bit nervous for Aquaman.