Some big names in this one in regards to the cast. You also get a nice mixture of American and English actors/actresses. To varying degrees you get Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jonathan Price, Rachel Nichols, and Sienna Miller. Plus one super model in Karolina Kurkova. The whole thing is overseen by veteran director Stephen Sommers, who has directed several action films like Van Helsing and The Mummy. Looking over his IMDb roster you see he is well versed in this type of “big” film. Yet the combo of a talented cast along with a knowledgeable director you are expecting a solid and entertaining film. Unfortunately that is not the end result.
The story revolves around an elite strike force made up of the best of the best from around the world. Evil group COBRA is back and they are up to their usual nonsense. In a race against time the strike force is going to attempt to get back the high-tech top secret weapon which COBRA has stolen. They have no choice but to succeed because if they don’t it would mean many deaths and the planet becoming a place of total chaos.
With films like this the plot does not have to be complex. No one should expect that. For Pete’s sake it is based on a Hasbro toy and a comic book. Wisely they have decided to cater to the fans of the comics in that they stay true to the usual plot devices and character behaviours. Combined with some cool special effects and some self awareness (meaning that they know this is not a British period piece) it gives itself a fighting chance.
The fight goes out of it due to many stumbles. Mostly because of the amateurish script. Hole after hold comes up in the story. Too many to overlook. Then there is the cliché after cliché laden dialogue. I mean, it is rather laughable.
Go in with low expectations, be willing to totally suspend belief and on a rainy day you might find yourself entertained by the film. Maybe….it does look 4K great…
-Audio Commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay