Director Niels Arden Oplev teamed up with forceful actress
Farrell plays Victor, a man whose wife and daughter are murdered by gangsters known to him. He sets out on a path of brutal retribution to kill everyone involved. Along the way, he encounters Beatrice, played by Rapace. She has her own story of anguish and a need for revenge.
Together they inhabit a world that combines film-noir mystery with heart-pounding action. Elements of
'Oz' without the wizardry
Perhaps there's no more beloved movie than "
But the uninspired
This merry old land of Oz is overstuffed with digital effects where subtlety goes out the window faster than a flying monkey. No more a gentle, bumbling magician, Oz the Magnificent (
When he finds he's no longer in Kansas, the very pretty Theodora (
Equally lovely sister Evanora (
The slick Disney assembly line works overtime with smoke and mirrors to keep us from paying attention to the man behind the curtain. If only someone had a brain, a heart, the nerve to give us something that could truly send us over the rainbow. I felt like I'd landed in that field of poppies…