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Hollywood has made a gazillion cop buddy movies but this one is very realistic. Jake Gyllenhaal (Prince of Persia, Source Code) is Brian Taylor and Michael Pena is Mike Zavala are the cops who are partners on the street and act like brothers after work. Their acting is wonderful. Their wives Anna Kendrick (Twilight Saga) and Natalie Martinez (Death Race, TV show Detroit 187) is equally good. I wish Ms. Martinez could do more work. The cops’ loyalty is tested when a cartel is after them. You have seen it all before just not this way. The trailer is misleading; it is action-packed but not like the trailer. If you like a lot of action wait for video if you like bromance watch it.
This is a good IFC movie. It is not your typical time-travel action film. There is good acting by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. If you saw the trailer the mob has a way to kill people with time-travel and the hitmen are called loopers. See this movie ONLY if you want to see something different than popcorn movies. It is very intelligent, very violent and for action-hounds wait for video or VOD.
Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson, The Grey,Taken ) in Istanbul is targeted to be kidnapped along with his family by a vengeful father (Rade Serbedzija X-Men First Class )who killed his son in the first movie. There is a lot of action if you like movies likes this but –spoiler a realistic ending to it. It is a star film for talented Neeson and he plays it well, funny, straight and of course, man of action. Not as good as Taken but it has its moments. See it if you like Liam Neeson and action, if not wait until video.