Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 47% (Critics) / 52% (Audience)
Directed By: Walter Hill
Written By: Alessandro Camon
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Jason Momoa, Sarah Shahi, Jon Seda and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy. (Source)
Jason Momoa was perfectly cast as the villainous mercenary Keegan and the movie probably would have been better served to remove all the ancillary characters and just make Momoa’s character the primary villain.
And kudos to Walter Hill for trying to maintain the “action noir” aspect of the graphic novel that the movie is based on.
There was very little “buddy cop” chemistry between Stallone and Kang despite their going through the motions like they were following an instructional manual.
Asking me to buy a 67 year old Rambo actually being able to hold his own against Khal Drogo in hand-to-hand combat was just a bit to much suspension of disbelief.
Final Verdict: A throwback to the 1980’s buddy action movie genre that never really was able to recapture the feeling of the movies it was trying to ape regardless of how hard everyone involved worked to make it so. Stallone still was able to create a more entertaining film than his counterpart Arnold Schwarzenegger did with THE LAST STAND but maybe going forward these guys should agree to only make movies with one another.