Source: Catholic News Service
Dense and dark thriller about a brutally efficient commando (Val Kilmer) who, along with his wet-behind-the-ears protege (Derek Luke), is recruited by a shadowy task force to rescue the president's kidnapped daughter (Kristen Bell), only to become entangled in a deadly network of conspiracies that reach up to the highest corridors of power. Grafting his highly stylized dialogue onto a conventional search-and-rescue thriller, writer-director David Mamet crafts a curious, if not wholly satisfying, hybrid -- part commercial potboiler, part cerebral character study -- resulting in a highbrow action-adventure picture about duty and the dangers of blind obedience. Much rough and sexually crude language and recurring graphic violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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