If you were wondering what happened to the Bond Girl from Quantum Of Solace, Olga Kurylenko has been making average action flicks like this one. In her defence, although her American accent slips from time to time, she makes a pretty good star. But the film itself is kind of bland.
Kurylenko plays Alex, a glamorous retired thief who is pulled into one last job, but finds herself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse when she witnesses her partners murder by an assassin, played by James Purefoy, who is soon after her. Clearly all is not as it seems, and as Alex tries to figure out what’s really going on, and a blackmail plot comes to light, involving Morgan Freeman in a small role as a top bad guy. Car chases, explosions and a race against time ensue.
I think the films problems lie in the dialogue. It feels like everyone in the film is trying so hard to be or sound cool, making it feel really awkward and self conscious. And no one says anything remotely intelligent or natural. I guess that the plot being kind of far-fetched doesn’t help, but I don’t think that normally is a problem for action films. And although Olga tries, and she certainly looks good, she’s not a strong enough performer to charm this film into being better.
Where the film excels is in the fight or chase sequences, when there is minimal need for plot, character or speech, and the sequences are shot really nicely and are fast paced. If you’re a fan of Kurylenko, and fight scenes, you’ll be happy. But there’s little here to satisfy.
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