RunTime: 1 hr. 30 min.
Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: Géla Babluani
Written By: Géla Babluani, Greg Pruss
In Theaters: Oct 28, 2011 Limited
On DVD: Nov 8, 2011
Actors: Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), Ray Winstone, Sam Riley
Directors: Gela Babluani
Film Review by Kam Williams
Fair (1 star)
Sometimes you have to wonder why they keep foisting English-language remakes
of great, little-known foreign films on the unsuspecting public. While these
knockoffs might make it easy for folks who hate reading subtitles, that
demographic might be better off watching a dubbed version of a sleeper than
a watered-down imitation lacking sophistication and charm.
At the point of departure, we learn that the protagonist, Vince (Sam Riley),
is an electrician desperate to pay his ailing father's mounting hospital
bills. After impersonating his late employer, he ends up in a mansion full
of mobsters, and standing in a circle of 17 guys holding pistols to each
other's heads while the sadistic gangsters place bets on who will survive
each round of gun play.
Despite a big, Hollywood budget allowing for a more grisly and more graphic, high attrition-rate adventure, it all somehow still adds up to less. Rent the original.