Colin Farrell plays Victor and is part of the crew run by Alphonse Hoyt(Terrence Howard) and is quiet but good with a gun. His neighbor Beatrice(Noomi Rapace) has a badly scarred face from a car accident. She wants the drunk driver that hit her dead, when she sees Victor kill a man in his apartment, she black mails him into killing the man for her. This deal leads to them falling for each other, we also find out Victor has another plan that he is putting together and we find out Victor isn’t exactly some mindless thug.
I went into this movie rather blind, I saw the trailer, had no idea what was going on. I was beyond surprised as the movie played out, this film is a refreshing action/thriller film, as it stands now it’s one of my favorite movies of 2013(I know it’s early) because of how different it is. This movie comes from Niels Arden Oplev who was behind the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and his style makes this movie very special. The dark tones to the highly stylized action scenes just makes the movie strong through out.
What makes the movie great though is the two leads, I’m starting to really fall for Noomi Rapace, she was hands down one of the best parts of Prometheus and stood out in the second Sherlock Holmes movie. If you haven’t seen her in the original Dragon Tattoo film, check it out, she’s amazing. Really though this movie is proof of how good Farrell is, his stardom rose years ago but wrong projects brought his career down. Recently he’s opened up and had a little fun. Sure the Total Recall remake was bad, but he was good in it. Here he makes the movie, without him, the movie wouldn’t be nearly as good. His quiet and calm approach to Victor just makes you cheer him on.
This film isn’t exactly for everyone, it’s dark and doesn’t move like most American action films. Still even though the movie is quiet in places the explosive finale will wake people up. The action is solid and the two leads are so good you just have to check this movie out. If you miss it in theaters check it out at Red Box or pick up when it comes out on DVD. You won’t regret it. I do wish they would have done a title change, because it doesn’t really connect to the movie at all.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10