November 4, 2012
Some Likability, but Cliche and Semi-Absurd
The former CIA agent who's daughter was kidnapped before decides that Istanbul would be a nice place for a short family vacation. Seriously? Was the Gaza Strip booked? Okay, who cares, right? Let's get to the action. I've got this superspy; I'll tie him up with plastic band and take a nap. He got out? His daughter (29! in real life ) is just getting her driver's license and spending time with a boyfriend, flies through Istanbul crowded streets smashing into cop cars with no damage to her own car. The bad guy, think world's most interesting man, has lines like John Belushi in Blues Brothers at the French restaurant ("How much for your children"). "I will sell your daughter to the lowest bidder....She will be like a piece of meat...I'm going to send you home..in pieces (ha ha)." He generates neither fear nor hatred and needs grand ritualistic torture to extend Liam's opportunities. Still, there's Liam, heroic, fighting 3-4 men at a time, so likable, a caring father. And Kim, in a bikini.
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