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Decorated veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t--his adoptive brother...  View more >

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Yayha Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza Gonzalez

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Apr 19, 2022
It's difficult to give this movie a "Wait for Rental" rating because part of its fun factor will be lost if you watch this on a small screen with a substandard sound system. Much like riding a roller coaster, the more immersive the experience, the better, and watching this without a very large screen and a loud sound system is like choosing against the front seats of the coaster. You're watching the same movie, but you're not going to get as much enjoyment from it.

That's largely because this is a Michael Bay movie, and it's more of a "Transformers" Michael Bay movie than a "The Rock" Michael Bay movie. Every moment of thought put into it is going to diminish your impression, so it's best to enjoy the ride while it lasts and then move on.

Jake Gyllenhaal does a pretty good job with his character, which has a paper-thin reason for being. It shows how much he can do with the least provided. His two supporting characters, one of whom is his brother and accomplice in crime, and the other the well-meaning EMT caught up in their bank robbery escape, provide a decent trio of characters, but the most interesting character is that of the head cop (Garret Dillahunt) trying to catch the bank robbers. It's almost like the chess match between Gyllenhaal's Danny and Dillahunt's Monroe could have been a better movie than this homage to "Speed."

As the movie industry is getting cranked back up after COVID-related delays and reasons to avoid movie theaters, this isn't a bad movie. However, in a normal environment, this would be sent to a January dumping-ground release that satisfies a desire to watch something but that isn't going to make waves and certainly won't be on the director's Top 5 movies list. This is a Michael Bay movie, and we got a Michael Bay movie. It's hard to complain about that, so head over to your favorite theater on discount Tuesday and enjoy the ride!
Apr 19, 2022
Best seen on a big screen with the volume up high! Lots of exotic drone camera work on display too.

If you think about it too hard, the plot starts to fall apart, so it's best to just sit back and enjoy what's on the screen with your favorite refreshments in hand.

Despite being a little too long, the movie did draw me in enough where I found myself rooting for certain characters to survive/succeed. You might too.

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