First off, the cliché (and continually repeated) line of "I've never
seen anyone like this," inferring that this guy who has trained in
martial arts and shooting for something like 18 months, was better than
anything that these "experts" had seen in all their years of
special/black ops was not only completely unrealistic, even in this
fictional world but also not illustrated in the film itself, since the
actor just couldn't pull off anywhere near adequate combat skills to
show that he was anything even of moderate level ability. The
implication seemed to be that he as just driven by "cold rage" and that
this is what gave him his skills but all the fight scenes were edited
to be close and so we never get to see him doing anything to show his
hand/hand or knife combat skills.
Secondly, all the people at various levels of power had a very one-dimensional "I have dealt with everything and anything for years and don't have a drop of internal/emotional conflict" expressed either though their body language or language. Compare this with something like "Homeland" where all the characters are basically showing more and more how messed up they are inside because of what they've been through.
Third and this is just a personal gripe: Scott Adkins who is an incredibly skilled martial artists was completely wasted and watching "Mitch" take down "Yuri Boyka the greatest fighter in the world" was just heresy.
Fourth and probably most importantly, it was just a boring movie.
Action / Thriller
Action / Thriller
Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East.
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