The best thing about this movie is that I can now confidently say I have seen the worst movie of my life. Everything about it is terrible – from the corny and forced dialogue, the messy and idiotic plot, the second-rate special effects, the cheesy anthem-inspired soundtrack and most of all, the woeful casting and unemotional acting from every person involved.
My girlfriend summed it up perfectly afterwards, “It’s like it was supposed to be a comedy… but it didn’t make me laugh, it just made me sad”.
After Coriolanus, The Bounty Hunter, Law Abiding Citizen, The Ugly Truth and P.S I Love You, I had very little respect left for Gerard Butler as an actor anyway. But his performance is just horrible. He tries so hard to mirror Bruce Willis’ John McClane but fails epically.
But what’s worse is that this sinking ship of a movie has also scathed Morgan Freeman’s reputation. He was one of those actors, like Tom Hanks or Jack Nicholson, who you just never thought could dislike from one shitty role. Well, it happened. I hope he was paid A LOT of money to justify losing his credibility.
Aaron Eckhart has had a fair few stinkers lately, so it seems Thank You For Smoking and The Dark Knight were credited to good screenplays, and even Ashley Judd managed to ruin what little was left of her career, even in the five minutes she appears.
The plot comes straight from an ‘80s Chuck Norris action film, with Butler as a disgraced agent who becomes the country’s last hope against a terrorist attack from North Korea.
They paint Butler as an all-American super soldier (even though he’s Scottish), who is able to single-handedly figure out and foil their plan. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make the hero seem more intelligent, but makes the entire American Government seem like a bunch of morons in comparison.
With a potential war looming in North Korea, the producers have obviously rushed to get this made. I guess in the hope it would make American audiences get behind their country and support the war movement.
They really should have just called the movie “America, Fuck Yeah!” This is as much of a disgrace to America as Baz Lurhman‘s Australia was to us.
Seriously though, did they really think this kind of right-wing propaganda would have the same impact on today’s audiences? This kind of stuff probably worked in the ‘40s, and may still work on racist white trash, but it will be scoffed at by anyone with half a brain.
I cannot stress this enough: please do not go and see this movie. Don’t give Hollywood studios money to make more movies like this. Don’t encourage them. If they were a dog, you would rub their nose in the piece of shit they made so that it doesn’t happen again.
Anyone who watches this movie will be dumber by doing so…