31 December 2008 | bob-rutzel-1
A phone call from a woman directs Jerry (LaBeouf) and Rachel (Monaghan) to escape FBI and other agencies or Jerry will be killed and Rachel's son will be killed. They work together to follow the instructions not understanding why they are doing what the voice on the telephone asks. Agent Morgan (Thornton) believes the two are terrorists.
This is basically a chase scene movie with exception. Jerry and Rachel aren't being chased, but are running to keep from being killed. Agent Morgan is the chaser. Good fun all the way. The action and the pace of the movie don't drag. You are on the edge of your seat all the way through. That's a good thing.
We go along not knowing why all this is happening and that's okay. We like a little mystery, but we can do this only for so long. Where are the clues that we need to make sense of this? Jerry and Rachel can't find any clues. We did figure out that the woman's voice is a computer, but Jerry and Rachel are clueless.
The computer controls everything around them: electronics, lights, telephones, vehicles and they are used to steer Jerry and Rachel toward something but we and they don't know what that something is. Of course, we do learn what it is much later and by and large, it is pretty clever. This is about as close as I can go without giving it all away. Soooooooooooooory!
I want to say that if you really pay attention to the opening scenes you might be able to figure it all out. But, they left out the clues we needed to make the leap as to why the computer is acting the way it is directing Jerry and Rachel and causing Agent Morgan to chase them.
Mr. LaBeouf did okay, but truth be told there isn't much acting skill required when all you do is grimace, grunt, and run. He is a work in progress and is coming along. The rest of the cast did good. Wish Billy Bob had more screen time, but this wasn't his show. William Sadler had a cameo appearance.
The action scene stunts, and CGI were all terrific. The only complaint I have is that too many scenes were too dark and it was hard to follow what exactly was going on sometimes. Guess you can hide things that don't go exactly right when it's too dark. The editing was fantastic.
Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes, but soft stuff, no F-bombs were heard.