CIA Operative Paul Ross (Randy Couture) is stationed in Paris and receives a tip off that the head of the international crime syndicate, known as The Tribe, is about to hold a meeting in the outskirts of the city. Ross manages to entice fellow spy and MI6 agent Ballard (Vinnie Jones) to join him however the shake down happens to be set up and a number of Ross’s men end up as collateral damage.
In the meantime, billionaire Bruce Lieb (Craig Fairbrass) in under investigation by the SEC for financial fraud and needs to travel from France to the States to attend a tribunal. With his image shattered, he employs Olivia (Tifany Dupont) as his new PR guru to spin things round and offers her a seat on his private plane ride to the States.
After the turbulent gun fight, Ross is told by his seniors to step away from the case however the special ops division claim The Tribes next target could in fact be Bruce Lieb on his way to the States. Ross rushes over to meet Lieb and his head of security Otto (Dominic Purcell) to inform them of the potential attack but after realising Olivia is on the flight – his past girlfriend – he decides to stay on. All seems well until members of the Tribe led by Rostow (Holt McCallany) emerge from a car parked in the cargo hold and hijack the plane for the sole purpose of stealing Lieb’s money – except not everything is as it seems.
The genre of this film is labelled under action thriller but unfortunately it delivers very little to either banner. Lets take the action – it’s just guns fights with perhaps two hand-to-hand combat scenes and the thriller aspect… doesn’t thrill you at all. The main problem with this film is the ratio of villains (4) versus the hostages (10) and the villains aren’t that smart either – more trigger happy. The number of villains also mean if Ross and Otto kill them too early, there’s not much of a film left to watch making the threat underwhelming. And don’t expect much from the rest of the hostages either as they’re all completely useless.
The special effects in this movie is also baffling. The set pieces are amazing, as is the interior of the plane with its wooden staircase and chandeliers, compared to the bullet wounds during the gun fights which all look like they’ve been digitally composited. Equally the cinematography in this film was too bright – for such a intense thriller, the tone should’ve been more neo-noir then lit up like a christmas tree.
The acting in this film is dangerously dire. Even while partaking in The Expendables, Couture really can’t act and with the limitations of the villains and set pieces he’s unable to unleash his fighting credentials which made him such a legend in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. The dialogue is projected heavily from the unsavoury cast making the audience care little for their predicament.
It’s an unusual case this; the main cast hardly contain significant thespian credentials between them but we could’ve forgiven them if the story delivered something compelling but it never does and as a result, we care little for what is quite a clever little twist in the end.