(This review may contain spoilers).
I didn’t actually intend to watch this movie, if I’m completely honest. But the trailer looked completely engaging and I also recognised two of the actors who were in the movie.
It was very easy to empathise with Mitch. While I really didn’t agree with how he went about responding to Katrina’s death, it was easy to see why he reached the point he did; and it was good to see there was a sharp contrast between his personality at the start of the movie and how he was later on. However, there were references made to his past before the events of the movie that didn’t really seem to fit with how he was before.
This movie was very intense to watch. I was very surprised by how high the rating was, but that made a lot of sense by the end of the movie. There were a lot of dark moments in this movie and even though there were some intriguing relationships formed between Mitch and some of the other characters, there was a lot else that was going on. There were other connections between characters that weren’t really explored, even though they were hinted at.
I did like getting glimpses of the history between Stan and the previous operative. There were some good elements of foreshadowing, but towards the end, I felt that Stan really didn’t help himself. Plus, it seemed he was just as responsible for creating the monster as the monster was himself.
I did think there were a few things that didn’t make so much sense and I found it hard to really understand Annika. She seemed to change in a major way later on in the movie and although I started out caring about what would happen to her, by the time it got towards the end, too much had happened for me to care so much.
I did engage well with this movie for most of it, but I wasn’t really sold on any of the other characters as the movie went on. It is well-acted and I thought it was worth seeing, especially if you like a lot of action and intrigue and don’t mind some very intense scenes of violence.