Ben Affleck cooks the books on this plot-heavy ‘R’ rated thriller and nearly pulls it out of the red. Unfortunately, a deflating third act, a predictable twist and an almost unnecessary subplot keep this one from balancing out.
What begins as an interesting tale told by an unreliable narrator devolves into a pedestrian and silly love-and-murder thriller that never reaches its destination.
Antoine Fuqua’s remake of a remake is visceral, bloody and overstays its welcome. But with such a rich mythmaking tableau upon which to write, one wonders why we need a direct remake of a classic film.