It’s a movie that is disliked by both the critics and the audience on  I have to say, I may not dislike it as much as they do, but I’m not really what you would call “a fan” either.  I give it 2.5 Icees (out of 5).

The problems in this movie are many, but let me just discuss a few.  First, much of the dialog in the first part of the film is difficult to follow. Whether it be background noise, heavy accents (yes, even that famous Boston accent), or just difficult narrative, it just made trying to understand what they were saying a chore, and I don’t go to the movies to work!  Second, they don’t spend enough time with the other characters as everything is focused on Mark Wahlberg.  I get it… he’s the star… but there are others in the movie too that would have been good to hear about, and his character really isn’t that likeable… that doesn’t help.  I would have liked to have known more about Rhonda Rousey’s character. I thought she did a good job with the limited amount of airtime that she had. Laura Cohen’s character was the only other character that any type of development was done and it just wasn’t enough.

Why did this get 2.5 Icees then?  The action is really good, the fight scenes well choreographed, and just enough plot changes to make it so that you can’t predict what’s going on.  These things made the movie tolerable and sometimes even enjoyable.  These scenes aren’t just good, they’re intense, which is a sign of good directing.. sadly, the writing just didn’t keep up.

No scenes during or after the credits.