Mark Wahlberg heads up this action crime drama about a former smuggler gone straight who needs to return to his old ways one more time to help his wife's brother pay off a debt to a crazy drug dealer. Now, when you hear a general synopsis like that doesn't it just sound like every late night cable or straight to video B-movie ever made? Considering that, the cast here is better than you expect giving this one a fighting chance of being something special. Unfortunately it really isn't. Even the stunningly beautiful Kate Beckinsale, and a top notch, fun supporting cast of character actors including Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, and J.K. Simmons doesn't raise the bar enough to make this one worth your time. I can't quite figure why they all signed on. (Ribisi sure seems to have cornered the market on sleazy, greasy, psychopaths though. I'd sure love to see a glimpse into his real life story. Or perhaps I wouldn't.)
For better, recent, lesser known films featuring Ribisi, Foster, or Simmons, check out 'Middle Men', 'The Messenger', or 'The Music Never Stopped', respectively.