Pure fun! I am glad that some writers/directors still love what they make. Every scene in this movie is very well portrayed the shots, the scenery, all the elements . Ethan Hawke was great. He needs to make more action films. I never heard of this director but he directed the movie very well, and the editor was also great, very well paced not boring at all . Excellent movie!
good movie (by neilsviv-1)
This is one of the best action films I have ever seen. The mixture of drama with the story of Travis and his now dead family is played off against his present day status as an assassin. The love story that emerges with Lin Besset helps to propel the story forward and gives hope to a man that is dead on the inside.This reminds me of John Wick and some of the makers of those films are present in making this film. All in all a great story filled with heart stopping action.
Cool (by moonrandy)
Awesome movie loved it Ethan hawk was excellent in it,super plot
Very enjoyable action thriller worth the watch! (by TheTopDawgCritic)
Ethan Hawke is always awesome in all his films and this one is no exception. His amazing fast paced action kept you reeled into this film. At first I thought "great, another one of these films" but it was very well done. Great direction, writing/screenplay, cinematography and action scenes. It was great to see Rutger Hauer in a film - been a while, but it was also enjoyable to see GOT's 'Sir Davos' Liam Cunningham in a role he played well. Much better film than I expected and certainly not deserving of its low rating. It's a well deserved 9/10 from me!
Real Men Are Making a Comeback....No Soy Boys Here!!! (by Dark_Lord_Mark)
So, this movie is a cliche and we've seen it mosly before, but so what?The is about an assassin who is played by Ethan Hawke, who is killed and bought back to life. That is all need be said.The movie action is pretty standard, but in an era of overused CGI and everyone bandwagoning on Superhero movies, this is a gem.It is more of a thriller action movie, with a sci-fi twist. It seems to be a smaller budge movie, but is a treat to watch with a high testosterone crowd or on the weekend. I give it an 8 out of 10. It will not win an Oscar, but way better and enjoyable than those artsy fartsy <more>
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MUST-see film, if you love John Wick (by xmike-25541)
Perfectly directed action flick, honest action scenes, non-deluded or fantasy action hero.. Great entertainment, flag ship for todays era of new type of B rated actions movies, which are concentrated more on choreography, effect and directness. This movie has it ! Dont be distracted by critical people who wants every move feels like Einstein... Fast and furious are shi**y movies with no realism, this movie can perfectly hide every single shortcomings..
Action movie Renaissance is officially on... (by baqari-com)
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying this is a great movie. By all means no. It has a decent plot, couple of twists and well acted characters.What i want to focus on is the primary goal of every action movie: delivering understandable action. Now since "John Wick" came out i've watched a lot of action movies and started to notice a change in the way action is filmed and edited. Of course there are a lot of quick cut/shaky madness action films from recent years, but for every "Sleepless" you get a movie like "Acts of Vengeance", for every "Kickboxer <more>
2" you get "Boyka: Undisputed", for "The Hunter's Prayer" you get "Bushwick" and for "American Assassin" you get "24 Hours to Live". What i mean by this? These movies actually let us see what is going on in terms of action scenes.In this particular movie when Ethan Hawke fights, we see all of it. No quick cuts. The camera moves in wide angle, giving us a clear view. Gun fights have clear sense of direction and geography. Even shootouts during car chase are done better, than in larger films. Now is it as good as "John Wick Chapter Two" or "Atomic Blonde"? No! But it's better than most.So if you want to watch and enjoy an Action film, where you don't get lost in the action itself, i definitely recommend this movie.
i give this movie 8/10 yep i'm sure you wonder how come, so let me explain there's nothing in this movie you haven't seen before but there is something different about it, you'll have to see it to see what i mean it's a mix of action, thriller, and fiction, but it's Ethan Hawke that makes it all fit. i'm a fan of Ethan Hawke, and in this movie he does what i enjoy to see him best - kick ass, and he delivers. the movie flows, smoothly, and non-stop. sure it has some holes in it, most movies have, but at the end you'll get a great dose of Ethan Hawke action, <more>
which in parts can remind John Wick, one man vs dozens of well armed and trained killers. the movie takes place in south Africa so the location makes the movie more exotic and bit more real. the actions scenes and well made, the actors are making a good job, and the movie won't stuck in long dialog or boring takes. it's a great fun movie for those who would like to enjoy some good action, Ethan Hawke is a great action actor, i wish he had much more roles like this he can handle it great he did have parts in action flicks since Training Day , the way he moves, shoots, drive, and bleeding is simply so authentic you can just lay back and enjoy. although there are some twists in the movie, any veteran would predict them in advance, but for me, the entire movie, from the first scene to the last was pure enjoyment, do not expect too much and you'll be surprised, highly recommended!
Surprise action film of the year, will go down as an overlooked gem (by andrewmakatsaria)
The story's nothing to write home about, think Crank crossed with any globe-trotting spy flick, crossed with John Wick-like action set-pieces. Ethan Hawke does well as a man running low on-time, literally, as he races to find the people responsible for putting him in a state that he is as well as protecting the target he was meant to assassinate as well as her key witness. There's the mystery behind the dead family subplot, there's an older, war vet step- father figure subplot, an old-friendship gone astray yet still bound by brotherly loyalty or some something, I don't know <more>
I'm just ticking the boxes of action movie clichés right now, just hold on a bit longer. Despite all the clichés however, the story does manage to pull you in on itself, due to Hawke's sheer screen presence honestly, at least enough to see all it's glorious action sequences and thanks to its brisk pace, once things pickup and Hawke starts running on the clock, again quite literally, it's an adrenaline-fueled non-stop thrill ride.Some of the best action sequences include: an assault on a safe house with high-caliber sniper rifles that literally send bodies flying after being hit by what would seem like mini-rockets, gushing blood over walls and flinging bodies across the room as if a ghost from paranormal activity film got a hold of them. That assault escalates into a car chase, with some really slick cinematography and a level of ballistic destruction applied to cars and whatever the two cross-firing cars manage to hit between each other, is quite amazing to behold, it's as if the director, Brian Smrz looked at the car chase from "Army of Two The Devil's Cartel" and was like:" Yeah I like that ! do that in a movie". The few hand to hand combat sequences are handled equally well with long-takes and clearly presented fight choreography that seems like a more toned down version of John Wick's fight ordeal, but still entertaining to watch, the finale action showdown plays out like a sort of mini- The Raid film.All in all, this is a smooth hour and a half package that is great to watch on a plane or a train, with a strong lead, passably average plot, fast pace and some good set-pieces 24 Hours to Live is a short, fun, occasionally flawed, but consistently watchable and at times thrilling good time. 80s action films and figures would be proud.