I remember walking around the TV section at a local Best Buy or some other huge electronics store back a few years back and seeing some scenes from this movie, which I'd never heard about before. There was Russell Crowe, all decked out in camo face paint, packing an assault rifle and reducing population of Latin America by the dozens in a frantic, violent rescue scene. With huge surround sound and a big screen, it worked pretty well as a demo, but years passed and I forgot my mental note to check out "that action movie with Gladiator." After seeing it in its entirety for the first time now, maybe I shouldn't have bothered after all.
|Every terrorist's worst nightmare - Maximus with a gun.|
|You can't be a movie hostage without growing a sweet beard.|
|Who the hell let Meg Ryan near an action movie?|
|Damn gringos! Always causing trouble.|
The hostage rescue finale, with Terry and his crew wreaking havoc on the guerrilla camp in a realistic, vicious firefight as all hell breaks loose.
Best quote: Anytime Russell Crow abuses the word "mate" in his Aussie accent.
TL;DR - Too much Meg Ryan and not enough action makes for a boring "thriller" - 5/10