Verdict: 1.5 / 5
Colin Farrell is not as bad an actor as people say he is. I have tried to defend him to other people before, pointing to roles such as In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and Horrible Bosses. But Colin, why do you make it so hard for me when you act like this? You’re your own worst enemy, and appearing in Vaguely Psychological Slow-Paced Revenge Thriller Number 3029 won’t help your case!
Victor: Alphonse. Don’t go anywhere.
Alphonse: You coming for me?
Victor: No, I’m coming for her.
Farrell plays Victor, a man who has infiltrated a criminal organization with the aim of getting close enough to kill in a very bad way their kingpin, who some years ago killed Victor’s wife and daughter. He gets caught up with Beatrice (Rapace) a disturbed young women who wishes for him to help with her own problems with a gang, otherwise she will take evidence of him committing a crime to the police. From there, these two plots get linked together as Victor finds ways to kill everyone that ever upset him or even just hurt his feelings. Well done buddy.
Another jarring feature is that the director throws in some very weird tones and moments in the movie, that I suppose are ways of making it seem more “psychologically disturbing;” but that card has been played better before, and here, these half-baked attempts at out of place comedy or terror just jerk the viewer out of any involvement they might have had, and leave them laughing not with the movie, but at it. Poor movie…
Beatrice: I was involved in a car accident last year. I was a beautician before. They rebuilt part of my face, but it’s… it’s kind of hard to give advice on beauty now. And, uh, I have to smile a lot in my job, and most of the time it hurts to smile.
Victor: I don’t get to smile so much. My work.
Victor: No. Maybe you and I should switch jobs.
Colin, buddy ol’ pal….you can be funny when you want to be. Nobody wants another Alexander; of course not; and nobody wants to see you in stuff like this, as Emotionless Killer of the Week. Stick to your strengths and not where the paychecks are.