What we get when we put all of this together turns out to be a rather unimpressive film. I had fun watching it, and I think other people will do so too, but it is underwhelming. It's not great because in a film where you can't emotionally connect to any of the characters, we don't even get to start having fun with the plot until the very end.The cast is so talented, the story is so cool, and the cinematography isn't half bad. Up until then, we're just sort of slogging through the storyline.
Everyone until one girl doesn't: Kira (Camilla Belle).
Kira somehow survives, and then escapes, leaving almost no trace.
It's not edge of your seat, what the hell is going to happen next fun. It's a problem because the movie is also lacking in one other major area: character development and emotional investment.
While the story concept is cool, and it's all executed with precision and a deft hand at writing fight scenes, I don't really feel attached to any of these characters.
They do find Carver (Djimon Hounsou), the lead operative for Division and the man who killed Nick's father, but Carver gets away.
The climax of the film is really where the movie hits its stride, though, casting off the old "who will find it first?Unfortunately, when I say that the climax is where the movie really gets going, I mean it.Up until then, the movie is interesting sure, and even a bit engrossing, but it's not fun." plot in favor of a much more compelling idea: How do we steal the case without letting a Watcher be able to predict our decisions enough to get it before we do?And how the movie does that is actually really brilliant.SPOILERS, it involves letters, memory wipes, and flying completely blind, with each person knowing only their job and nothing else.