"" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />"), the pilot (Columbus Short, "Death at a Funeral
") and the hot one (Zoe Saldana, "Avatar
"). Don't let her looks fool you: She's a stone-cold killer. And if you can believe Saldana as a lithe action hero, then certainly you can buy into Evans as a computer hacker.
He's actually the film's MVP " the comic relief in a movie that already doesn't take itself all that seriously. While Evans gets the best lines, the others have fun cracking wise as they crack skulls, making for a breezy, blowsy blockbuster that succeeds just enough to land on this side of likable.
Like its source material, it's overwritten and underwritten at the same time, engaging in exposition, yet not advancing its characters forward. Although the battle sequences tend to have a numbing effect after a while, at least director Sylvain White ("Stomp the Yard
") approaches them in a visual style far lucid than, say, the Michael Bay style of rat-a-tat-tat eye-rape.
Just as Diggle's comic didn't leave me feeling jazzed enough to seek out the next volume, nor am I clamoring for a sequel. But I'd watch it. "Rod Lott