24 Hours To Live (NC16)
Starring Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer, Xu Qing
Directed by Brian Smrz
An assassin (Ethan Hawke) is killed while working on a job but is revived by an experimental treatment. Alas, his resurrection expires in 24 hours. And the hired gun wants to spend his last day tearing his foes a new one.
Despite its countdown-to-oblivion premise, this thriller is rarely exciting; it spits and sputters, and when ready to rev up, it moves into the slow lane. Hawke’s a brilliant actor who can do action, but to embrace his role in this silly story, he’s required to go bat-shit crazy. Translation: he needs to go full Jason Statham (or Nicolas Cage). (**)