GENRE: Revenge as a dish best served by a booming handgun.
THE PITCH: Boston homicide detective Tommy Craven (Mel Gibson) sees his loving daughter (Bojana Novakovic) gunned down in what first appears to be a botched hit on him. He gradually suspects that a sinister weapons research corporation assassinated her, and faces down the likes of a silky CEO (Danny Huston) and a shadowy government fixer (Ray Winstone).
2 stars. Directed by Martin Campbell. Stars Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone. Rated R. Opens Fri., Jan. 29. At area theaters.
MONEY SHOTS: Craven bursts into a squalid apartment and fights a knife-wielding assailant. Craven gasps and slowly recovers after kicking said assailants ass. Any ominous discovery involving a Geiger counter. Several exciting shoot-outs. Evil company Northmoor has a high-tech campus and a commanding view worthy of a James Bond movie, of which director Martin Campbell helmed two.
BEST LINE: Since its me trying to figure out whod try to kill me for reasons unknown, Id rather get paid for it, Craven says, explaining to his boss his wish to investigate his daughters homicide rather than go on leave.
WORST LINE: This is a cop thing. Officer involved, Cravens colleagues say at least twice, so you know its important.
MOST LOADED LINE: Youd better decide if youre hangin on the cross, or bangin in the nails, Craven tells one of the films many weaselly authority figures. Did you know that in directing The Passion of the Christ, Gibson gave his hands a cameo literally bangin in the nails in the crucifixion scene? Seems like a weird choice for a shout-out.
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