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Published April 12th 2015
A game of cat and mouse
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Sean Penn is Jim Terrier, an ex-government operative whose past comes back to make sure he never re-surfaces. The 'Company' is clearing house. Believing he was doing the right thing 8 years previous when he was in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, he made one big mistake in his life that he can't take back.

He was the 'designated trigger' in the unclaimed assassination of the Minister of Mining. This results in repercussions of global proportions; violent confrontations and a humanitarian catastrophe.

Suddenly thrust into a game of cat and mouse with a ruthless team of assassins hot on his trail, Terrier races from the jungles of Africa to the streets of London and the city of Barcelona in a bid to get to the bottom of finding out who wants him dead. All this while he deals with a few personal issues, challenges and sacrifices.

Sean Penn not only stars in the movie but also has a hand in producing it and writing the screenplay. Directed by Pierre Morel, the same director of the movie 'Taken', you could say there are similarities in its pacing and heart pounding excitement. They could easily be sibling films related by blood, and there's a lot of it.

It's been a while since I've seen Penn in any movie whatsoever and he just proves you cant keep a good man down. He slips into his gun toting action hero role quite easily and the man has got better with age. You can't help but notice how buff he is and would put many a man half his age to shame.

Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone and Idris Elba are impressive actors who make any screen crackle with excitement and they do just that, small as their roles may have been. I've never seen Jasmine Trinca in any of her foreign films like 'Honey', 'The Son's Room' or 'The Best of Youth,' but if the role she played in this movie is any example of her performance, I'd gladly watch those films.

I'm not exactly sure when films changed from being for pure entertainment to being torn to shreds with every of its particles being judged; but I do believe movies are personal taste. One man's trash is another man's treasure. I had no issues with this movie at all even though it's been torn to shreds in many reviews. Call me simple.

If you like films like 'Taken' and other action packed movies, you'll have no problems with this one. It doesn't try to be overly clever or complicated. You don't have to strain your brain and try to nut out this movie like you would have to 'Interstellar' and still not understand it without the help of reading a review. It's a good sit back and chill and let the action unfold before your very eyes type of a movie for lovers of action packed films. It moves at a pace one can follow and 'get it'. I give this a 6.5 out of a 10.

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Why? Action packed movie about mistakes, betrayal and PTSD
When: Release date 16 April 2015
Where: In participating cinemas everywhere
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