What is expected in this type of movie is good chases, explosions,
and just plain fun. And this movie delivered. So much of the
cinematography was entrancing, with odd angles and slow motion, that it
made up for a lot of the clichés. There were also a number of
twists, not in terms of plot, but characters.
Agent Hunt is sent to escort an Australian biochemist to the
US with an important package, but it turns out that Hunt is not available,
so a look-alike agent is sent instead. And that agent, complete with
full mask and microchip to alter his voice, decides that the package is
just worth stealing, and destroying the plane, he gets away.
The opening scene is quite dramatic, and shows to what great
lengths the agent is capable of going. The deaths of so many people
Hunt recruits Nyah, a professional thief, to help with the job
of locating the renegade. He falls for her in a really neat scene
around some Spanish dancers, and helps her escape when he purposefully
trips the alarm on the place she is about to rob. The car chase that
follows is disturbing, because it includes two really posh sports cars
as she tries to get away from him.
Of course, they end up sleeping together, and actually falling
in love. That is when it is disclosed that she was brought into the
mission because she is to resume her former position of the renegade agent's
lover, to steal his secrets away.
But the agent is wary, and has some wary friends. She steals
a video disk from him, and shows it to Hunt. They discover that the
Australian biochemist created a monster virus, Chimera, and its monster
antivirus, in order to help cure all forms of the flu. But now the
terrorist has control of the antivirus, and it is presumed that he will
release the virus when he can get a hold of it.
Nyah is caught, and forced to "walk the plank". For Hunt
infiltrates the pharmaceutical lab in order to destroy all traces of the
virus, but the agent knows him too well. As the last part of the
virus is about to be destroyed, a heavy gunfight begins. Hunt, of
course, loses control of the virus sample. It gets thrown around
the floor, but eventually they realize that they might release the virus
if they keep it up. Nyah is sent to retrieve it, and she injects
Hunt tries to retrieve the antivirus at a secret meeting the
next day. This firefight was the best of the show, as Hunt takes
out just about everybody. The slow motion and the effects were great.
He gets the antivirus, and escapes on motorcycle. I still think the
bike should have easily outran the pursuing cars. But then it wouldn't
have been a good chase. As it was, the chase was sort of anticlimactic
after the preceding scenes.
The renegade agent and Hunt end up on the beach together, motorcycles
completely trashed, and their guns on the sand, out of reach. They
each forgo any opportunity to kill the other one in favor of punching,
where the other can of course turn the tables fairly easily. I could
have done without this fight, or at least most of it.
As the helicopter arrives with Nyah, almost dead from the virus,
and Hunt is about to administer the antivirus, the bad agent of course
comes back to life. Hunt then gets to kick his gun out of the sand
and into his hand (I'd like to learn how to do that). The outcome
is not really worth mentioning.
After debriefing, they can now get lost among the crowd, in a
scene similar to the one in the latest Bond
The acting was actually first rate. The directing was stylized,
so it was not meant to be taken realistically. And it was really
neat to see most of it. But everything seemed to go on for too long.
The chase scenes and the fight scenes, especially.
The character bit that I liked, which is normally missing from
this type of film, was the relationship between Hunt and Nyah. He
thought they were going to use her as a thief, and gets very jealous when
she goes to be the agent's lover again. She is reluctant, too, but
because of the dead people on that 747 from the beginning of the film,
she agrees. All throughout the film, we can see both their pain at
seeing the other in the situation they are in.
Thandie Newton is gorgeous. And she played her part very
well, too. She conveyed the entire range of emotions, and did it
well. The music helped. It energized when necessary, and was
muted when that was needed. It also took over during some of the
slow motion scenes, which was just perfect. My favorite was the Spanish
dancers, with them moving around and around.
Not entirely forgettable, this was a good, fun action movie,
with stylized violence and an invincible main character who could do incredible
things to stay alive.