So the bad guys – led by two more-or-less psycho Scottish brothers with the thickest accents this side of your favorite Glaswegian pub – shoot at Snow and Emilie. And they shoot at the perps. And things blow up. And there’s a subplot about a briefcase full of something or other of the gravest importance to national security – we never do find out what. And, well, before it’s all over, the 21st century isn’t getting any younger.
Directors and co-writers (with Luc Besson) James Mather and Stephen St. Leger attempt to paper over logical lapses with macho posturing and wisecracks. But – like their airborne Alcatraz itself, long about the third reel – their project, never near the cinematic apex to begin with, begins to plummet rapidly and never regains flight.
The film contains constant action violence with occasional gore, a fleeting gruesome image, several instances of sexual humor, including a gag that’s also irreverent, about a half-dozen profanities, at least one use of rough language and numerous crude and crass terms. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III – adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Mulderig is on the staff of Catholic News Service.