This is a Le Carray styled story with more akin to Phillip Marlowe than James Bond, which means that it will not appeal everyone.
The conclusion to the story is truly excellent. I found it very satisfying and I was left wondering why I had never heard of this film before.
I wanted so much to like this film, and don't get me wrong, the story was engaging enough, but most of the actors (including the always wonderful Sean Bean) pretty much whispering their lines; so much so that I barely could hear the dialogue. It was awfully frustrating not to be able to clearly hear what was developing in the story. Overall, the film's plot was interesting but I'm so tired of actors mumbling their lines and calling it "method" acting. Annunciate for God's sake! Especially when what they're saying is so essential to following the plot. In short, I'm just saying this film could have been directed better-- the actors were great, the story was good, the action sequences were superb; it just needed to be a bit more audible to be enjoyable.