A team of U.S. Special Forces comprised of Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan – from television's Supernatural), Roque (Idris Elba – The Unborn, RocknRolla), Jensen (Chris Evans – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Nanny Diaries), Pooch (Columbus Short – Death at a Funeral – 2010, Cadillac Records), and Cougar (Oscar Jaenada – Che: Part Two) are on their latest mission. They have been sent to Bolivia to do a routine scout out and kill of who they believe to be a "bad" , but group leader Clay discovers that their target building (in the jungle) contains young children.
Clay calls off the hit. He and his team think it is over when they realize that the U.S. government is still going through with it. They move quickly to get the kids out of the building before the pilot bombs it. When they get the kids out and put them on a helicopter they think things have ended well. There was not enough room for them in the helicopter so Clay and his team remain in the jungle. Soon after take off the helicopter is shot out of the sky and all the kids die.
Clay and his team now know that they have been double-crossed and are believed to be dead. They all disappear into a city in Bolivia while trying to figure out their next move. Soon they meet up with a mysterious woman (Zoe Saldana – Avatar, Star Trek) who explains to them that the man responsible for all this is named Max (Jason Patric – In the Valley of Elah, Speed 2: Cruise Control) and she wants them to kill him.
Max figures out that Clay and his team are not dead. The team now has to enact a plan to clear their names and capture or kill the very powerful Max.
The comic book styled action in this film begins and never really stops until the credits. The special effects are cool. Revenge and betrayal are the main ingredients of the story. Nothing too complicated. It is the perfect action movie escape in that you can turn off your brain and just enjoy the ride.
Now if you are going into this expecting good acting and an engaging, intelligent storyline then you will be disappointed. There are some logic gaps in the story especially in the wrapping up portions at the end and the premise of it is quite predictable.
The faults are smoothed over by the energy of the film and the willingness of the actors to just go for it. Though the fact that it is a little too slick for its own good you will end up liking it just for that reason. This is a nice cold or rainy Sunday afternoon watch.
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