Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
It pales in the shadow of “First Blood,” but this bare-bones chase film succeeds by virtue of three crucial elements. First, Del Toro and Jones are good enough actors to convey their characters’ complex thoughts without uttering even a word. Second, the choreography makes their fights desperate, as both men grunt and struggle for ever-shifting control; it doesn’t look like “movie fighting.” Third, the movie goes for long passages without dialogue, keeping up the tension with music or a lack thereof. It would be better if they didn’t try to explain Del Toro’s motives (he’s crazy), but it’s pretty good.