Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2012

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Ex-SAS Jason Statham is “hired” by an oil sheik who is holding hostage his mentor (Robert De Niro) to revenge-kill a trio of current-SAS troops who murdered his three sons, and, just to make things interesting, make the killings look like suicides or accidents. Jason’s opposite is Clive Owen, representing a shady group tasked with protecting SAS guys from reprisals. Bottom line, it’s the usual JS square-jawed action stuff with a couple of A-list supporting actors, not badly done if you like this sort of thing, and a bit more centered on character and plot. “Based on a true story.” Bollocks. (115 min)