So poor Emily Blunt was hoodwinked into being in an action film. Well done. But then we are in the Hollywoodland of Male Dominated Scenarios and Inequality involving narcotics, the FBI and a Rambo-style Mexican Cartel Revenge mission.
Looking at the poster, Emily’s all up front holding her gun in a meaningful manner so it’s clear the producers seem are very proud they’ve collared the very British, and very good, young Ms Blunt – no doubt enticing her with a hefty paycheck – even if it was (guessing) half what her co-stars Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro were paid. Sigh.
Things start out very well with a horrifyingly surreal opening scene revealing a house containing the doings of dreadful and fulsome Mexican drug cartel-slash-immigration racket. The two go hand in hand of course. And then a bomb goes off. And boom! (literally!) We’re off and running! To Mexico itself as that’s where said Mexican Cartel all live of course. Emily is chosen – over her male counterpart and because she’s divorced and has no kids ‘cos they checked first – to go with Josh and Benicio on a Very Special and Very Dangerous Mission, which, it turns out is actually, really only so’s Ben can shoot the guy who’s responsible for the hideous deaths of his sweet innocent family. Much of the time poor old Em’s got the Rabbit-Caught-In-The-Headlights Look as she observes and then, of course, protests the actions of her male colleagues. She’s told to put up or shut up – rather violently by Josh at one point. But she never gets to fill in an HR report. What would be the point? Only p**sies fill out reports. Or do they….? #spoileralert! She’s even set as a Honeytrap at one point. Come on guys! A little more imagination please!!
In My Humble Opinion, they shudda-cudda worked out a way to bring her properly onto The Team by giving her a ‘she saved the day today’ bit when the chips are down so she got to aide Josh and Ben side by side in their Super Top Secret Quest…. but the script sadly denies her this privilege. Instead of writing her into That Scene that the whole darn shooting match is leading up to (I use the term directly), she suddenly disappears from view until Ben gets his solo revenge, returns to her lonely bachelorette-pad with no hubby or kids and gets her to sign something with a gun to her head… an opportunity missed? Yes, dear readers, I think so. There are many brave women going into combat these days and I’m sure they display skills that were so often denied Ms Blunt in this film. Plus we’ve all seen Breaking Bad and know that when you shoot the main drug guy you’ve effectively shot off the head of the beast which promptly grows two more! #WasteOfTime!
There’s some stunning cinematography – I went with my cinematographer and he agreed but then it was shot by Roger Deakens (James Bond, Shawshank Redemption, No Country For Old Men and all that so hard to go wrong there) and the score is particularly evocative and suspenseful with a droning beat that rattles the solar plexus. It just would have been so nice to see the girl get the (cartel) guy. #kidding!!
STARS? Three out of Five for slight false advertising.