At first I was surprised to see Sylvester Stallone’s name on this flick as the screenwriter. Sure, I remembered that he was credited as the writer of the original Rocky and First Blood (which introduced the Rambo character), and with more recent Balboa, but a quick look at his IMDB page actually shows him having 27 writing credits. Of course, most of those have been for movies that he’s also starred in, but they’ve also been ones that have generally been very popular.
So perhaps instead of treating this as some kind of novelty because of the writer as some have done, we should just look at this on its own merits as an action flick, and with a cast that includes Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth, that might be plenty easy to do.
Yeah, I know, we’ve seen a lot of these “How far will you go to protect your home/family?” movies lately, but as always, it’s not the basic idea that counts as the execution, and this one may just have it. I guess we’ll find out in November.