Reviewed by (winner55)Vote: 6/10/10
Beyond an absolutely brilliant performance by Skeet Ulrich as a mantrained to be a hit-man for a criminal corporation, there's not much torecommend this film. It's not as terrible as some reviewers remarked -beneath the flashy visuals lies a rather old-fashioned suspensethriller. Unfortunately, the producers were clearly shopping foranother "Bourne Identity", and the director, probably a meth-addict,had watched too many John Woo films. I mention this because while Iwatched the bicycle chase stunts - all too clearly created by theeditor rather than the stunt crew - I thought of Jackie Chan'smarvelous bike chase in "Project A" and thought to myself, 'gee, that'swhat this movie needs - Jackie Chan, not John Woo'. But John Woo is theinfluence here, and since Woo is an arch-stylist, to imitate him youhave to have a real schmaltzy but original plot going on beneath thestyle; and while this film has the schmaltz, it has no originality tospeak of. There are glaring references to Hitchcock and Stanley Donen,Samuel Fuller's "Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street" and an obscurethriller based on an Alistair MacLean novel, "Puppet on a Chain" -glaring because the originals were so much better and certainly don'tneed this sort of 'tribute'.
I won't say this is a bad thriller; some will find it entertainingenough. But it pretends to be so much more - what a disappointment.
Reviewed byjotix100Vote: 6/10/10
If there is a new type of film genre, maybe it should be film bleu, as isthe case with this movie. First time director Laurence Malkin must becredited with the idea. He has given the film a blue tint in its entirety.The film tries to do too many things and the plot is a puzzle if one doesn'tpay close attention. Also, at times, it feels like a rock video withoutmusic.
The film shot entirely in Holland moves at a fast pace. Like otherthrillers, this one delivers for those people seeking instant gratificationin watching it. Sometimes one wonders how can these people in the actionscenes survive being shot at with high powered rifles. On the other hand,the scene at the hotel where Kevin's girlfriend dies, is very real: this iswhat happens to people when they are killed.
The hero, Skeet Ulrich, is put through a lot in the film. Of course, hesurvives with only a few scratches after what is done to him, otherwisethere wouldn't be a film at all, would it? The bad guys are moreinteresting. The Dutch actors are very good and the backdrop is Rotterdam,with a few detours to Amsterdam and Uttrecht, posing as the firstcity.
Derek de Lint plays with gusto. Would have loved to have seen more of RenaOwens, the great New Zealand actress, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. Andfinally, Nicholas Irons, can't deny he is Jeremy's son. What an uncannyresemblance!
Reviewed byErnest HamstraVote: 5/10/10
Being a big fan of Dutch movies, I really looked forward to watch thisfilmwith so many Dutch actors in it.
For me it was very disappointing, and not only because seeing so manyDutchguys speak English to each other. The many plot holes, the music-videostyleof filming, the blue filter, the loud music, the pitch-changing of thefilm,it was just too much.
This movie is trying to be something so hard that it doesn't succeed atall.What a waste of talent...
Kevin Burke a young executive for a multinational investment bank, is a rising star in the Rotterdam office. Rewarded for his perceptive eye and mastery of foreign languages, Kevin receives the promotion he has been working for - a coveted spot on the company's internal security team. Trained by the enigmatic Mr. Ficks to protect the firm's employees in volatile, third world markets, Kevin thinks he has a shield for every arrow. And this makes him feel safe, or at least "safer" than he's felt since his father's mysterious death. Karl Jorgensen, the Managing Director of the bank, is Kevin's boss and surrogate father. He has mentored Kevin over the years, which makes his biological son, Karl Jorgensen Junior, visibly jealous. Jorgensen brushes off the "sibling rivalry", but clearly favors Kevin, molding him into a confident, young man. It is this confidence that gives Kevin the courage he needs to propose to the woman he loves. One smile from Rosalind Bremmond and it is easy to ...