Quick Hit: Dumb, unnecessary, and painstakingly familiar.
In a world full of James Bond, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, and a myriad of other near superhero agents, I’m not sure why we need Mitch Rapp in film. Sure, there’s the fact that he’s based on the best-selling character from Vince Flynn’s novels, so there’s the built in fan base to consider, but really… why? I felt like I was watching one of those films, only that was slightly worse (than the originals) and didn’t have the name of the character in the title.
Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) has just been transformed into a monster because his fiancée was taken from him by TERRORISTS.
Fast forward, and now he’s trying to kill TERRORISTS.
A CIA agent sees this, and of course, decides she needs to recruit him. She needs Batman, I mean, Michael Keaton to train him… because of course you would need The Vulture.. I mean Michael Keaton to train your agents. I mean, who else other than Birdman... No, Michael Keaton would be capable of doing so?
As you can see, this review is pretty much a wash at this point, but allow me to continue.
As you push forward, Rapp continues to gain more and more skills. Michael Keaton has things happen to him. Essentially, the whole plot is a wash, because it’s not really interested in making a movie that makes a lot of sense, or is good, as long as Rapp can punch people really hard, right in the face. Oh, and use NINJA STARS.
Keaton tries – showing some of the ability that makes him so talented. There is one scene where he grins through a bloody mouth as he’s teaching a student a lesson, and you can see exactly why he’s in this movie. But for the rest, there isn’t really an excuse. The acting for the most part is really bad, to go with a bad script.
I will give you this – there are enough entertaining moments that will keep it from an “F”. The aforementioned moment with Keaton is one of them. There's also another one that features a training exercise and electrical shocks that I though was inventive and well though out. I also enjoy the pace of the film – it never, ever slows down, and so the ending, while rushed, is at least over quickly.
I’m giving this a “D”. Sorry for the rushed review – it feels just like the film.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"