Two things set me for the movie ? first, Kevin Bacon and second the director of original Saw.
The story is about a middle age Senior Manager Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon), who is living happily with his wife and two sons. One night his elder son is killed by a gang of hooligans whose leader Billy Darley (Garrett Hedlund) wants to initiate his younger Joe (Matt O?Leary) brother in killing anyone at random. Nick realizes that the legal case is going to take too long, so he does not testify in the court as a sole eye-witness, insteads decides to take the law in his hand and kills Joe. The result is Billy and his gang verdict Death Sentence to Nick and his family, and shoots all of them. But Nick and his younger son survives, and in last 15 minutes of the movie Nick personifies himself as a punk himself ? by cutting off his hair, dressing like them and with guns in his armor kills of all the gang members in a bloody gun battle.
This is a usual story of revenge. The Producer Ashok Amritraj normally comes up with this type of similar B-grade movies that do okay business at the box office. The Director James Wan tries hard to bring emotions, family values and vulnerable fear in the protagonist but is not able to rise above a mundane script or screenplay. The movie in looks is very much similar to how Saw looked. Only saving grace of the movie is Kevin Bacon who tries to bring lots of commitment and life into the character of Nick. But except that he is not able to rise above the yawning narrative.
The movie is paced between dragging family emotional scenes or high paced actions. But I found the movie missing in its soul. Brave Heart had a similar revenge story line, yet it was a better movie by many standards.
Director James Wan is a young director and needs more nurturing and self awareness in learning fast to get away from being typecasted.
(Stars 4.5 out of 10)