Rated R. Running time: 1 hour 48 min.
Our content ratings: Violence 6; Language 3; Sex/Nudity 4.
Our star rating (0-5): 2.5
From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise,
of glory to the Righteous One.
But I say, I pine away,
I pine away. Woe is me!
For the treacherous deal treacherously,
the treacherous deal very treacherously.
Terror, and the pit, and the snare
are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!
Pierce Brosnan returns to the screen as ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux, induced by his former handler Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) to go to Moscow and bring out safely a mole planted so deep that she has become the personal assistant to the Russian President-elect Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski).
Devereaux soon finds himself pitted against the young agent he had trained David Mason (Luke Bracey), as well as Hanley who has turned rogue because he has a master plan for controlling the Russian politician. Everyone is after a witness to atrocities committed by Federov. Our cold-blooded heroic killer winds up in Belgrade where he teams up with Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko), head of an organization that shelters victims of sex traffickers. The two are put through a series of grueling, violence-filled incidents designed to hold the attention of fans.
This is another of those amoral spy thrillers in which the ethics of the CIA agents is on the same level of ruthlessness as those of the Kremlin. As such, it is akin to cotton candy, enjoyable for the moment, but soon gone and forgotten.