This overly violent but otherwise frequently enjoyable film showed up briefly in theaters more than a year ago, to little notice. It may have suffered from comparison to “Red,” the Bruce Willis/Helen Mirren/Morgan Freeman/John Malkovich action film that opened a few months earlier. The two are similar in type, in a few plot ideas, and through the remarkable resemblance between Janet McTeer's character here and Mirren's in “Red.” The big difference is the budget.
In fact, it feels as though the script was written with Mirren, Chris Rock and Penelope Cruz in mind, but they were too expensive so it ended up with McTeer, Alphonso McAuley and Paz Vega instead. If you squint hard enough, you might mistake one cast for the other. The actual protagonist, an aspiring chef, is supposed to be the quiet in the midst of the storm; unfortunately, actor Scott Mechlowicz (“Peaceful Warrior”) is so quiet he barely registers.