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    Posted: 14/July/2013 at 21:20
It was the subject of a short mini feud between WWE´s resident "movie stars" The Miz and Wade Barrett, WWE Films collaboration project starring Colin Farrell...

I finished watching it as I start writing this post, I honestly again had little to no expectations in the movie and for the first half hour, I wasn´t disappointed. It´s all over the place with what little there is of plotline only coming together in some weird way later in the film.

The story is as follows: A hungarian engineer (Colin Farrell) moves to the US with his wife and kid and settle in an apartment building. Said building falls under the control of crime kingpin Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard), who wants all the inhabitants to move out. To accomplish that he shoots to scare around the apartment of our hungarian hero. One bullet pierces the wall and kills the little girl. As the remaining two family members are set to testify against Hoyt, the evil criminal hires a group of albanian thugs to kill them. However, they didn´t see the job through and 2 years later, the hungarian hero, now going by the name of Victor, has infiltrated Hoyts gang and is waging a psycho war on him, planning to kill him on the exact date his daughter died.
While this happens, he also meets his neighbour from accross the block, Beatrice, a french beautician, her face scarred by a car accident involving a drunk driver. She saw him, out of her apartment window, murder one of Hoyts henchmen and now demands that he murders the drunk driver who scarred her, or else she will expose him to the police.
The movie follows Victors psycho war on the evil crimelord while at the same time trying to show the blossoming relationship between Beatrice and Victor, which develops into much more than a contract for murder. Finally, all the contestants, Victor, Beatrice, Crime kingpin Alphonse Hoyt and the Albanian hitmen meet in a final, all out shootout to settle all scores and tie all loose ends.

There still are one or two side arcs I didn´t mention there, but as you can see the plot is all over the place already. Colin Farrell, whom I actually think to be not the worst actor you can find and Terrence Howard definately carry this movie and in collaboration with Noomi Rapace (also seen in "Prometheus" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows") keep it watchable throughout, even though the plot twisting and turning does its best to ruin it.

Wade Barretts role as one of the more prominent henchmen (most noticeable by the fact that he actually spoke three lines IRC in the whole movie.) is definately pandering to his strengths. He looks menacing, he is the biggest and tallest of the guys there and the lines he does speak are kept to short and sweet henchmen one liners in the fashion of "Over there!"  and "Come on!" until he goes out in a fiery inferno caused by an exploding pickup truck during the final shootout. (Actually, he is there, but if you don´t know who he is, you will not - maybe except because of his physical superiority to the other henchmen - take notice of him twice)

On the whole, the movie is...... half and half. A good cast hindered by a ridiculous plot and slow paced directing. It´s watchable, but that´s all there is to it.
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The film was a hot mess of misdirection, and lazy plotting. 

In regards to Barrett he's rather noticeable although his "suit" is ridiculous. 
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