Directed by Jonas Åkerlund
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Ziyi Zhang, Lou Taylor Pucci
Besides some short films, director Jonas Åkerlund has spent most of his career working on music videos for some huge stars. He’s done work for U2, Madonna, and Metallica as well as a number of other artists. This 2009 film is his second feature effort, following 2002s Spun. This movie stars Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point), Ziyi Zhang (Hero), and Lou Taylor Pucci (Beginners).
Detective Aidan Breslin (Quaid) is newly widowed and struggling to be present as a father to his two sons. When his newest case takes an unexpected twist, Breslin finds himself looking for killers taking on the persona of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Now he’s looking for clues to stop the killers before they strike again. When the pieces of the puzzle come together he’s left with a shocking discovery that could spell tragedy for himself and those he loves.
Once in a while I love a good thriller. Something with a bit of suspense and a lot of shock value can really be fun. This movie falls into that category. Dennis Quaid does a great job with a role that could have come off as overused and cliché. Zhang and Pucci are both really good in this film as well. I was surprised to see such great work from two actors I knew little about.
The story is actually really interesting in this movie. I think it avoided being too predictable, something that a lot of thrillers fail at. There are a few twists that really keep the story moving as well.
The weakness of this movie might be the use of the villains in the film. The movie seems to under use some of the more interesting characters in the film. This doesn’t make it a bad movie, it just left me hoping for something more when it came to certain plot points. The actors for these characters were all worth seeing a bit more of.
Overall, this is a fun movie that I would recommend to anyone who likes a good thriller. There’s a lot of blood and a lot of violence, so this might not be one for everyone. I give this one 3.6 out of 5 stars.