- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Martin Henderson and Ice Cube star in
Phil Boatwright (Movie Reporter) says, "Sadly, this genre is limited to rebellious heroes and stories that prefer their curves on the female form than on plotline structure. So while there is much eye candy in this action category, there's as much substance as in a mound of cotton candy. With its fast pacing, rapid editing … and weightless premise,
Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) asks, "Who knew that it would be possible to 'dumb down'
Bruce Donaldson (
Annabelle Robertson (Crosswalk) says the movie is "a visual thrill. The film's overt message—that we must do what's right, even if that costs us relationships and freedom—is a good one. But the means portrayed to get to that goal aren't very wise."
Anne Navarro (Catholic News Service) calls it "sleek but completely vacuous. In going for a cheap buzz, Kahn has stripped the film of a particular tension that convinces audiences that real danger lurks around that hairpin turn, which is where the thrill lies. With soap-opera names like Ford and Shane, the characters are every bit as artificial as the dopey dialogue that bloats the film."
Mainstream critics are throwing tomatoes here.