Well now... someone is certainly enjoying their middle act. Look this movie isn't amazing, it's actually fairly average in terms of plot and script and is even kinda weird at times with the flow of the movie. But was it is is fantastically acted by it leads.
I'll get to the bigger actor in a sec, Reynolds was surprising in this role. He plays the action, and straight laced guy well. Though I doubt he'll ever be as menacing as his counter part, he played his role very well. Holding his own against Frost and other guys seemed believable, and that is something that a lot of people take for granted.
Now... Tobin Frost is a bad ass. A bad ass. Matter of fact the most bad ass thing I have ever, EVER
seen a Washington character do happens in this movie. I was just laughing. As I said, Denzel is clearly at the stage of his career where he is just picking roles he knows he'll enjoy doing. And it's fun to see a legend do that while they still can.
So we've got the strongest part of the movie out of the way. Now the bad part. This script is.... not the best. In fact at times the movie frustrated me with what I call inefficiency. This is when the characters or story line up in a way that raises questions in my mind like: "Why is it set here? Why did they say that line like that instead of another way." There are times where the characters are doing or saying something for no real reason. Questions get raised and instead of exploring them they are... never mentioned again. They'll drop information and you'll be like: "Why....?"
The dialog is shaky too. As evidenced by... well any scene not involving the leads who compensate for it by their acting. And the plot was predictable: however the way you went from point to point WAS surprising. Times when you expected something to happen as a throw away ended up going in another direction. And there were times of absolute suspense because you couldn't see any possible way for the plot to progress from here, yet it did... which was sometimes a bad thing because it became contrived.
The action was oddly cut at times, but the fights were great. Not the firefights (which were unrealistic), but the up close and personal fights were awesome, and real. There is an unrealistic sequence in a car toward the beginning that was very cool, and established the characters and the idea that they process information on another level. It pretty much does in a couple minutes all it needed to do.
But I think the good things were accidents. Because the bad things just stink of poor directing and writing. But they lucked out with Denzel and Reynolds. They lucked out with great fight choreographers, and they lucked out with the chaotic plot leading to a very good ending.
Oh yes, this movie, finally, satisfied me with the ending, not that it answered everything, just that it ended in the way it needed to.
But overall man this movie was just a joy to watch. Intense, good action, but mostly just to watch Denzel and Ryan together, I'd be interested to see them together again. Oh and there is a possibility for a sequel. Just throwin that out there.