Loyalties are tested when five friends and former special forces operatives reunite to take down a South American drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences. (IMDb)
The music is strong, the editing is sharp, and the cinematography is sleek (lots of gorgeous wide shots of natural scenery). Isaac stands out among a solid cast and the plot is consistently engaging in its twisty mix of heist thrills and survival adventure. It’s the drama that doesn’t quite hit home: the characters are inconsistent, the moments of tension aren’t followed up on, and the thematic reflections on the morality of violence are uncomfortably weak (and ultimately undermined in the end).
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. (IMDb)
The film does a good job at getting you immersed in its future world, with engaging plot-speak (aside from an eye-roll-inducing speech before the final battle) and great and huge alien vs. robot fight/destruction sequences throughout. Unfortunately, none of the human characters are particularly interesting–with the exception of the comedy-relief scientists–and the plot also feels thin, but with its entertaining action and slick setting, the movie is still an exciting and fun watch.