Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard and Olivia Williams
Written by Skip Wood and David Ayer and directed by David Ayer. 109 Minutes long.
Before the credits have rolled, Arnie's wife has been brutally tortured to death and his crack team of undercover DEA agents have stormed a drug house and stolen $10 million of the cartel's money before it is turn is stolen from them and they're all suspended and investigated by the Government.
After the credits, Arnie, who as a nod to Commando is called John and who lives in the same beautiful wooden lodge in the forest, and his crack team of undercover DEA agents are being systematically hunted down and killed, seemingly by a crack team of Columbian/Mexican/South American drug killers, but what if it isn't them, what if it's someone closer to home..?
How do we know they, the crack team of undercover DEA agents are 'crack', because when they're not working hard -Hoooo-Haar! They're playing hard and dying even harder! Plus they hang out in a clubhouse that has, as a sign that reads: Crack Undercover Agents Who Work Hard and Die Even Harder! Hooo-Haar!!
A sort of half-arsed, twisted Agatha Christie dunnit story, where just when you think you've sorted out who the killer is you're left scratching your head and wondering what the hell has just happened and what does that mean about all that stuff earlier on?
Violent, ugly, vicious, brutal and stupid. When the squad finally comes apart, turning on each other with a rapidity that is frankly ludicrous. There's a lazy attitude towards collateral damage and the civilian body count is uncomfortably high as is members of the criminal fraternity who are just executed and naturally the authorities don't seem to give a toss.
Arnie, whose film this is, never really engages, apart from physically and you can see that he's going to have a future making 21st Century John Wayne-esque films till he dies.
Rather bland and pointless, the best bit is the opening sequence when Arnie's team do the blag, after that, it's a slow spiral into bland tedium. Not Arnie's best.