Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is an ordinary young man who works at a copy center who suddenly finds himself on the run from the FBI. A woman's voice on the phone has him racing all over the place and facing death at every turn. Running with him is a young mother (Michelle Monaghan) who is told her son will be killed if she and Jerry don't do what they're told. They make their way to Washington, D.C. and finally find out who is controlling their every move.
I've enjoyed Shia LaBeouf before and was expecting another movie showcasing his boyish charm. Sadly, this film didn't give him a chance to really shine; it's just one frantic, chaotic, mad dash from place to place with a bunch of explosions and implausible escapes from death. The intensity level is always at 99%, which leaves no time to really get to know LaBeouf's character. He's in a constant state of fear and we don't know why until the very end. The voice on the phone telling Jerry what to do and where to go has the ability to control any and all machines and systems he comes in contact with; this starts out pretty preposterous and goes all the way to "Huh?!"
None of the incredible, non-stop action scenes could really happen, but if you love explosions and don't need a story that makes sense, this is the movie for you.
What benefits this movie is the emotionality of the two characters, despite the fact that it's all very contrived and manipulated when you look at it after the fact. During, however, you can connect to the two main characters enough to be able to enjoy scenes where the plot doesn't progress, but the characters are fleshed out beyond initial assumptions. That's not to say that they turn into fully 3-dimensional characters that people will be espousing lyrical praise for, … more
Nicely paced thriller with a what-if scenario which was not the freshest but still entertaining. The characters were nicely fleshed out through believable motivation and the skill of the actors. As far as family friendly viewing, it was pretty mild without overt gore, excessive raw language or lewdness. The suspense might be too much for some, but overall this was a pretty good flick.
… with a thud! While this movie gets high marks for almost non-stop action and cute lead characters, the high-tech plot is so outrageous that you'll have to catch your jaw before it hits the floor. Short Attention Span Summary (SASS): 1. The President of the United States makes a hasty decision which causes a big backlash and many retaliatory casualties. (Okay, maybe some parts aren't that far-fetched after all) 2. … more