Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor) is a competent director who can thoughtfully elucidate conservative ideas, but he seems to have abandoned his craftsmanship as well as his common sense with this moronic actioner. Mark Wahlberg stars as the leader of a tactical command unit tasked with bringing a police officer out of an unidentified southeast Asian country; the officer possesses secret information about international terrorist groups, and so Wahlberg and company must protect him from countless individuals who want him dead. Berg demonstrates no feeling for action here; the film is edited in a disorienting, Michael Bay-like manner, but without Bay’s sense of momentum or poetic abstraction. I often had trouble understanding what was going on, and since all the characters come off as arrogant jerks, I also found it hard to care. With John Malkovich and Terry Kinney.
R • 1 hour 35 min • 2018