I really love a good action movie, but it is so rare that action films are well made. Now, when I say well made, I'm not talking about being given a 100 million dollar production budget enhanced with mind-blowing special effects. A lot of violence, guns, fighting and action, does not mean you need to sacrifice good writing and good direction. Let me just say that while this is a movie based on a comic, it is a poor reflection of the book. With an abundance of cheesy one-liners, over-the-top character portrayals, and weak chemistry between the actors on screen- this will not be the best action movie you will see this year.
The GoodIf you are looking for a comedy that will (occasionally) make you laugh, then this movie is for you. Oh, and they played my favorite Journey song, so that's something.
The BadThe thing about action films is that they are supposed to be unbelievable. I am not supposed to believe when I watch James Bond that any one man would actually survive half of the stunts in the film; but when I watch, I forget I am at the movies and the impossible feels believable. That is not the case in this film. The level of believability is excruciatingly low, the lines are weak, the script is cheesy and the chemistry between the actors on screen is close to non-existent. However, if I had to put the blame on one individual for the amateur quality of this film, it has to be the director. With choppy camera angles, grainy footage and the overuse of the slow motion effect; this film's cinematography left much to be desired. If a director uses slow motion, it should be to enhance and draw attention to important moments in a film. If slow motion is utilized every two minutes, it loses it's effect. It's kind of like eating too much candy- it gives you a stomach ache. Too much of a good thing is no good!
The VerdictI'm still not sure if this is supposed to be a comedy, or an action film, but it does poorly on both fronts. However, it is in no way a reflection of the Vertigo comic created by Andy Diggle and Jock.