A bit disappointed in Richie. This is a solid production. Nothing wrong. Timing and pacing are near perfect, as these things require. The drone in soundtrack is apt. The nested flashbacks are exactly where they need to be to get us hooked in that important early phase.
But Richie’s work is normally risky with experiments in explicit film-centric effects that play with time and narration. None of that here. Makes me think he was working off an obligation, rather like the hero.
Our avenger is strictly by the book: inhumanly effective, with a presumed ’special’ past, emotionless, fearlessly driven. The deviation here is that unlike Wick, he has no infrastructure. Unlike many others, he has no plan — indeed, much of the movie digs into his inability to plan. What he does is go to work and just wait.
The odd part of this world is that there are three independent, highly sophisticated gangs targeting the same armoured car enterprise.
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Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.