Overview: In this futuristic science-fiction thriller, Vin Diesel plays a mercenary escorting the gorgeous Melanie Thierry and her guardian Michelle Yeoh (as a protective nun) from Russia to New York City. Big trouble ensues en route. The film was based on a French novel and was slated for release two years before it finally got dumped by Fox at the tail end of the summer. Budget: $70 million Gross: $72 million (worldwide) Critical reception: 7 percent favorable on Rotten Tomatoes Admittedly rank element(s): Where to begin? The cryptic dialogue (matching Diesel's acting); the lack of chemistry between the stars; the bad editing hampered by the truncated running time that makes the plot almost indecipherable? Guilty-pleasure highlights: All of the above (if you're in a camp mood). And if not, it takes back seat to a series of familiar yet satisfying action sequences set amid the usual, post-apocalyptic wastelands with their resident crazies going one-on-one with Diesel. Also, the camera loves anything Yeoh does.
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