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No movie has the right to be this fun or awesome. This is a powerhouse, an ultra-violent kung-fu prison flick existing in a reality all its own. For sheer B-movie mayhem, it is almost unbeatable.
Another completely ludicrous Liam Neeson action film that is nonetheless very entertaining and therefore worthy of three stars. But really the whole "lost identity" thing has been hammered into the ground again and again and again... and it's because of that that the "shock" ending is the exact opposite of a shock.
Stiller's character starts out unlikable and evolves gradually into boring, so I'd say the movie fails on the grounds of having a totally unsympathetic protagonist.
This is a difficult film to rate. It's essentially a series of brief scenes edited choppily together, with spare dialogue and static shots, that serve to link a very simple plot about characters about whom very little is revealed. But these things don't necessarily work against the overall effect, because there is an atmosphere and tone created, and there is something to find here beneath the superficial blankness. It lies in the characters faces, in the wide open spaces, in Jarmusch's use of silence and inaction as cinematic language. It demands your patience, but it will reward.