A fun, stylish movie-movie this, with an excellent cast led by the wonderful Idris Elba and featuring the really, really attractive Zoe Saldana. It’s gentlemen bank robbers against tough street cops with cool cars, luxurious interiors, 30-year-old Macallan malt and did I mention Zoe Saldana?
Director John Luessenhop (I should mention here that I have some business with the man and like him and wouldn’t have reviewed this if I hadn’t enjoyed it) does a good job adding flash to the flash and concisely communicating the high style and macho friendships among the gang of thieves. There’s an especially good broken field chase featuring Chris Brown and an excellent fight featuring Hayden Christensen and his also excellent hat. Loved the hat.
But mostly, the picture is the cast and they’re all tops. Elba, the guy who played Stringer Bell on The Wire, rapper T.I., Christensen and Paul Walker all have crazy charisma. Matt Dillon is a powerful presence as one of the cops. And Zoe Saldana is, like, really attractive.
I notice this got very harsh reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes. Doesn’t deserve em. It does exactly what it says it’s going to do, and it’s a pleasure pretty much the whole way through.