Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Spoiler warning. While this film soars in its moments of visceral thrills and complex acting from Russell (who seems to be thinking ten things at once), its failure to reach greatness is in the clichéd, moralizing ending, unbelievable in the face of what has come before. I could accept Russell betraying Brendan Gleeson out of revenge for the botched ambush, but not because Russell suddenly turned into a good guy. Such a smart film (and a great lead performance) deserves better. Also good is the cinematography, fresh despite this being the millionth L.A. film.

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