Half-satisfying little piece of gristle about a single dad and ex-Louisiana-state narc (Jason Statham, with English accent intact) trying to live the quiet small-town life with his pre-teen daughter. Too bad the local meth cookers and biker gangs won’t leave them alone. So he must kill them, singly or in groups. James Franco is slightly miscast as the meth kingpin, with Winona Ryder more convincing as a compromised barmaid. Better lines might have helped. The screenplay is by Sylvester Stallone (he also co-produced), who hasn’t improved his dialogue skills since the days of Cobra. Only Statham’s head-banging rates as truly dependable. No threat at all to Winter’s Bone. Directed by TV hand Gary Fleder (100 min.).
Director: Gary Fleder
Producer: Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Templeton, John Thompson, Trevor Short, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill, James D. Stern and Douglas Hansen
Cast: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Frank Grillo, Izabela Vidovic, Chuck Zito, Rachelle Lefevre, Marcus Hester and Clancy Brown