The biggest shock of this new movie re-imagination is that it makes the cheesy TV series seem fresh and smart by comparison.
Unlikely to elevate the based-on-a-videogame category above the dismal level where it has wallowed for the past quarter-century.
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A glorious, hyperkinetic mess and, although it never quite takes flight, it at least holds the attention.
Spy action-thrillers are supposed to be fun on some level but this one is too much of a chore to properly entertain.
The overpolished screenplay and overuse of directorial flourishes hamper the viewer’s enjoyment of what should have been a pretty straightforward caper-style crime film.
It’s more of the same: Violence-saturated eye candy used to buff Smith’s ego and inflate his bank account.
Will likely satisfy audiences who go in with appropriately established expectations because, for what it is, the film is solidly entertaining.
The filmmakers seem unconcerned about appealing to anyone who isn’t a 9-year old boy; aside from the occasional throw-away line, there’s little here to interest adults.