Such a strange film. I wavered between finding it ridiculous and engrossing. I ended up neither loving nor hating it, so I guess that means it is a medium film. A film which exists in that netherworld in between good and bad where films go to be watched and then promptly forgotten.
For director Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team – 2010) this was most certainly a passion project. He has really believed in it as he has been trying to make it since 2010. There was an original version. Then he rewrote one and now finally has filmed it.
Many films have played with time or time loops. That a human or a bunch of humans relive the same day over and over. Seems to be part of something which preoccupies humans about trying to get things perfect…or at least right. My question is why has no one tried to make a film of this style about horrific events? World War II. 9/11. Try to correct those wrongs. Anyways…
Here we meet up with retired Special Forces officer Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo – The Purge: Anarchy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who narrates to us what is possibly the worst day a human has known. Plus he gets to relive it time and time again.
Basically someone(s) is trying to kill him. He does get killed but wakes up back at the beginning of being attacked in his bed again and again. So basically he gets to try and figure out where he went wrong, improve it so he can get a little further each time into the story.
All of it involves his son, his ex-wife Jemma (Naomi Watts – The Impossible, Mulholland Drive) and her boss, Colonel Clive Ventor (Mel Gibson – Braveheart, Ransom). He has to try and figure out what is going on and basically save the day so he can save those he loves.
Plenty of action or sci-fi films are rolled into one here with smidges of Edge of Tomorrow, John Wick and Kill Bill all being squished into one fast talking and often crass film. There are some top drawer one liners involved. The dialogue comes at you as fast as the car chases and gun fights. With all the hectic pace involved it will come as strange to you that as you are watching you will find that in a couple of places it drags.
All in all I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Did not go into it with many expectations and then in the first 10 minutes I was kinda like “not his again”, but then it won me over a little. Good action sequences, cool special effects and some laughs made for a painless watch. But certainly not one which I would watch again.