Starring Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr.
Directed by Pierre Morel
Following the murder of her husband and daughter by a Mexican drug cartel, soccer mum Riley North (Jennifer Garner) falls off the grid. She resurfaces five years later, all revved up and ready to tear her enemies a new one and pump them up full of hot lead.
It’s nice to see Garner doing action again. After five seasons on Alias, she knows a thing or two about discharging firearms and breaking bones. Let’s not forget, she was also in Elektra — the movie sucked, she didn’t.
It seems like a no-brainer to pair her up with French director Pierre Morel, the guy who jump-started Liam Neeson’s career as an action icon in Taken.
Yet strangely, the Garner-Morel combo never takes off; there’s no magic in their alchemy. It’s underwhelming and is nowhere as visceral and kinetic as such recent female-led thrillers as Atomic Blonde and Revenge.
It plays a like a middle-of-the-road ’90s Cinemax flick, packed with dull supporting characters, half-hearted shoot-outs, and a bland-as-hell nemesis. Garner deserves an action vehicle. This, sadly, isn’t it. (**1/2)
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