(This review may contain spoilers).
So… this film definitely delivers on the action. I’m not sure it delivers on the emotional connections as well as it could have done, though. There are hints of bad blood between Will and his father, but it’s not exactly clear on why that is.
The real emotions come out when the family is taken. Will clearly does care about his mother and brother, but I thought it was a bit silly that Martin didn’t confide in his son more. It seemed like he was making quite a few mistakes in this.
There was a lot of danger in this movie and moments where I found myself drawn into the action. There were some scenes that also seemed really emotional… particularly after Will met Lucia. But I was able to believe in her emotions more than Will’s.
I think this film spent so long on twisting the story around itself and using action scenes, a lot of the potential for character development fell by the wayside. There were some tense scenes in this, but I spent a lot of the time trying to figure out exactly who the bad guys were supposed to be.
For the most part, I did think the actors did fairly good jobs in the roles they played, but I couldn’t understand most of their motives. Or why Martin had this whole double-life thing going on. There was a lot of potential in this movie… but I felt that it didn’t really go anywhere.
I don’t think this is a film I’d watch again. The trailer looked really intriguing… but I think the characters should have been explored more than they were. I didn’t care about them in the same way I should have done for characters who trigger an emotional response from me.