Review Date: August 06, 2003
Director: Clark Johnson
Writer: David Ayer, David McKenna
Producers: Neal H. Moritz, Chris Lee, Dan Halsted
Colin Farrell as Jim Street
Samuel L. Jackson as Lt. Hondo
Olivier Martinez as Alex Montel
Toss a couple of standard white guys in there as collateral (one with mustache, one sans) and you've got yourself a full-blown SWAT team ready to kick ass and plug up any plot holes that might appear throughout. Consider how an entire city can't seem to keep track of one goddamn car, despite helicopters flying overhead or how an international baddie can get into the States and sit in a jail cell for several days before anyone even picks up on who he is. Huh?!? The chief of the SWAT team also plays the ultimate of assholes, a man who seemingly wants nothing more out of life but to see his team fail, and fail miserably at that. Huh?!? The film also lacks in surprises with pretty much every single step telegraphed a mile away (including the supposed "rat" that is obvious to everyone early on) and too much time spent on the baddie and the build-up to his escape (we've seen the goddamn commercials and know what's going to happen...get on with it already!) All that to say that this certainly isn't a "bad" movie per se, but not a good one either...just something in between. It's the kind of movie that you'll likely forget all about three seconds after you walk out of the theater and appreciate more on video. In fact, looking back...I can't think of a single moment that stood out for me, other than Martinez's orange jumpsuit and his over-the-top "$100 milleeyon dollarsss!!" shout-out to all the "eses" in Hollywood. Props to both Farrell and Jackson though. If it wasn't for them, I likely would not have been as entertained by the film's first half either. They upped the ante with their characters, their interaction and their respective screen presence. The film also had a nice pace to it, as well as a loud soundtrack, but it was almost like someone else took over in the second half, and humdrum action ensued. PS: If you're looking for a "Best Relationship for the Sake of Having a Relationship in a Movie" nomination, look no further than the pathetically underdeveloped cha-cha between Farrell and his babe here. Wow...why even include that shite?