Unusually gritty and grounded, this terrorism thriller avoids the pitfalls of most overwrought action movies by creating characters and action situations that are unusually believable, even if the plot itself feels badly undercooked. The problem is that there isn't a clear sense of what's at stake here, because screenwriter Philip Shelby insists on continually blurring the mystery by withholding key details until he's ready to reveal them. So the cleverly played old-style suspense never quite pays off.
It opens at the US Embassy in London, where new security chief Kate (Milla Jovovich) has been alerted to the fact that terrorists are trying to get visas to enter America. Working with the ambassador (Angela Bassett) her team leaders (Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster), Kate narrows in on a suspicious doctor (Roger Rees) who's an expert in explosive gasses. But a shocking bombing stops her short, framing her as the villain. Now she's being chased not only by the Americans, but also a British inspector (James D'Arcy) and a ruthless assassin known as The Watchmaker (Pierce Brosnan). And Kate knows that she's the only one who can stop the nefarious plot, whatever it might be.
This is one of those films that enjoyably pushes its central character over the brink, so we can't help but root for Kate to get out of this seriously messy situation and save the day. Jovovich plays her in a plausible way as a capable woman who has no choice but to fight back and try to survive, because she's the only one who knows that she's not the real threat here. Everyone else is extremely shadowy, although McDermott gets to show a heroic side, as does the terrific Frances de la Tour as the only embassy staff member who believes that Kate is the good guy. Meanwhile, Brosnan gives a remarkably effective performance as a cold-blooded killer.
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Roger Rees and Chita Rivera - The 81st Annual Drama League Awards and Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis at Marriot Marquis Times Square, Drama League Awards, New York Marriott Marquis - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 15th May 2015
Roger Rees and Chita Rivera - Opening night after party for Broadway musical The Visit at the Lyceum Theatre - Arrivals. at Lyceum Theatre,, Lyceum Theatre - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 23rd April 2015
Roger Rees and Chita Rivera - Opening night for Broadway musical The Visit at the Lyceum Theatre - Curtain Call. at Lyceum Theatre,, Lyceum Theatre - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 23rd April 2015
The world of counter-intelligence has gotten an awful lot more dangerous. When a visa security officer (Milla Jovovich) is posted in the US Embassy in the United Kingdom, she is tasked with ensuring that known or suspected terrorists are unable to make their way to the United States. But when she come under fire from a deadly assassin known only as "The Watchmaker" (Pierce Brosnan), she ends up framed for various crimes she didn't commit and is forced on the run. Now, she must do her best to keep doing her job while being hunted and tracked by not only The Watchmaker, but US Security Services and Marines.
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Roger Rees - Photographs of a variety of stars as they arrived at the Manhattan Theatre Club Fall benefit which was held in The Appel Room at Jazz in the Lincoln Center's Fredrick P. Rose Hall in New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 11th November 2014