John Cena is an entertaining fella regardless of what some would have you believe and is a very charismatic guy. In the ring on the mic or in a movie he is an appealing enough guy [especially for the ladies I guess because my girl is into him] to keep most people entertained. Now I will be the first guy to tell you that is not going to win any Oscars for his acting [yet] and neither will this film since it is pretty much a rip off of "Die Hard 3" but it is interesting none the less. Is it better than his last film "The Marine" you may ask, well in some ways yes and in others no. To be honest I think "The Marine" is more fun as it is over the top kinda in a cartoonish kinda way, but this one is good as well.
Danny Fisher is just your average street cop trying to make detective as is his partner Hank Carver and on one fateful night the just might get their wish. But to do that they must find Miles Jackson a bad guy on the FBI's most wanted list and he was spotted in the area. Cena, I mean Danny has a good eye because he notices Miles's girlfriend driving, off a hunch or feeling he and his partner pull her over only to be under gun fire from Miles once the car has stopped. I guess it was a good guess or just a good eye but they caught on to these two on the run.
After a short chase on foot Danny catches up to them only to witness the woman get killed after trying to escape and getting hit by a car. This is actually one of my favorite scenes in the film but at this point Miles sets in with his revenge kick as he wants to know his name. Fast forward a couple of years and Miles has escaped and not only that but when Danny is out one day he gets a call, from Miles. He has Danny's wife and wants Danny to play a little game with him, a city wide game lasting over 12 rounds if Danny can make it that long. So the race is on to save his wife and catch this guy one more time.
This is an obvious rip off of Die Hard 3 but it is a fun one to be honest and is just meant to be straight up action. This film has plenty of that from fights to shoot outs to explosions to fast cars, you get it all on this Renny Harlin helmed film. One part in particular is very entertaining and it involves a tram, a car, a little carnival, and two very brave men in that one car. I won't ruin it but it is one of the highlights of the film. Still there is plenty of action else were like a nice fire truck scene and plenty of things going boom.
As for the games he has to play they are interesting as well such as the one involving the elevator, which is a favorite of mine. But every one time up in the end much like another movie like this one did, can you guess what it is? Director Renny Harlin who directed the second film in the Die Hard series does a good job with the action and stuff but only decent with every thing else. Daniel Kunka did a good enough job with his first script but it is basically well you know what film it is, not entirely but the idea is basically the same.
John Cena as usual is a charismatic guy and has good screen presence but he is never given enough to work with other than the action. Like I have said before Cena has the potential to be a really good actor, maybe not as good as The Rock but definitely better than Hogan [every body is though really]. Aidan Gillen steals the show as the lead villain and is basically the best thing about the film on every level, he needs more villain roles. Every one in the film does a good job but this movie is not about the acting it is about the action. If that is what you are looking for than this film is for you.
Not sure which of his films I like better because both out do one another in some way, I don't know that is your call. This is a good enough film for a rental at the very least and would be wonderful for a Saturday afternoon or something. So sit back and enjoy if this is your thing, I liked it.
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