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Pierce Brosnan embarks on the world's most tedious killing spree in this forgettable espionage drama
Pretty much plays like a film made for basic cable that is buoyed for a while by a couple of relatively strong central performances before eventually succumbing to terminal mediocrity in its silly final scenes.
The countdown ending is groan-inducing, as are a number of things leading up to it.
A movie so full of ludicrous plotting and stilted exposition that it almost works as an accidental comedy.
Amid the choppy action and whirl of sketchy characters lie muddled messages about revenge, greed, war, hubris and the endless ripple effects of 9/11.
Bunk of the very lowest level.
A excessively convoluted thriller...
While it will keep you suitably entertained, Survivor doesn't really bring anything new to the genre. At least director James McTeigue moves the story along at a gripping pace.
Ultimately, Survivor is not so much high-octane action as a slow fizzle.
Survivor has very little to ride on; succumbing to action-genre-conformism, the film almost takes itself too seriously in a genre that works best when it doesn't belittle the intelligence of its audience.
Brosnan has a good time hamming it up as a heartless assassin, but why Jovovich is forced to spend the whole film darting around with black smudges on her face is a mystery.
Survivor is an absurd film that would have done better by not taking itself so seriously.
Leave it to Cinemax Taiwan to air the only action/espionage movie in existence where Milla Jovovich doesn't kick even a little bit of ass. Milla is a mild-mannered government employee who inexplicably goes on the run after getting framed for terrorist crimes she didn't commit, and dubiously mustachioed Pierce Brosnan is hot on her very pedestrian trail. Eh.
Imagine James Bond, license to kill, gone to work for the bad guys, as Brosnan plays an deadly assassin chasing a U.S. government employee (Jovovich, simply a damsel in distress in this piece) all over London. The flaw in the work is that he's got to miss her, and miss her over and over again, for there to be any film to watch at all. Nobody's perfect. Let that little imperfection slide and its still a decent action piece.
Its great old-school escapism. An explosive, exciting and action-packed cat and mouse thriller. A clever and suspenseful treat that has Brosnan and Jovovich facing off. Pierce Brosnan is terrific, he is a one-man Terminator that raises all sorts of hell and plays a brilliantly badass villain. Milla Jovovich is sensational, she plays a different type of hero in this film and does it well. It's an engaging and solid thrill-ride that makes for a fun 96 minutes of fun.
Entertaining to a point, then you start feeling how you are going to survive this film!
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