Okay, okay. I like Dwayne “Can You Smell What ‘The Rock’ Is Cooking” Johnson as much as the next person. He’s obviously very talented and passionate, and great in Ballers. But this film was so lackluster, so unambitious, so bland, and so rudely unincorporated his many talents. I didn’t get to see that eye-brow-raising Dwayne “Can You Smell What ‘The Rock’ Is Cooking” Johnson we have grown to know and love.
The bar was set low early on. Dwayne “Can You Smell What ‘The Rock’ Is Cooking” Johnson played Will Sawyer who was ex-military and lost his leg in battle. He was hired by his also ex-military friend, and they had some rough history together, so a trust level was expected. Surprise, the friend betrayed him! Surprise, the friend died! The subplot of Will being the security adviser for the building in question was quickly glossed over and the larger plot of Will saving his family was largely in the spotlight.
This film had some real balance issues. With dialogue, action, lighting, and audience expectations. I mean, even the promo photo is unbalanced because that shot happened at night. Like, in the dark. That example might be too literal.
You know what wasn’t unbalanced? Dwayne “Can You Smell What ‘The Rock’ Is Cooking” Johnson. Let’s get him in some roles that don’t include a focus on his physique. Let’s see him in a drama.
2/5 – for Will’s wife being a badass combat surgeon. Well-written female character, thanks. And for some cool stunts, also thanks.