This upcoming crime thriller from the director of eh, Sliding Doors and Johnny English… and written by the guy who brought us Flightplan, pits Dominic Cooper in a battle of wits against Samuel L. Jackson – not a situation in which anyone wishes to find themselves. There’s a nice sharp trident of intrigue for you.
The plot follows the one small mistake spirals hugely out of control line of things, and begins as many do with a hit and run. An up-and-coming lawyer (Cooper) runs over an errant pedestrian and flees the scene for the sake of his burgeoning career. As a result, Jackson is brought in for questioning and suddenly the police are trying to tie him to a whole host of other vaguely related crimes, possibly thanks to his ethnicity – it’s unclear from the trailer if the film will have any time available for racial commentary overtones, but it doesn’t look as though that’s what they’re going for.
That, however is just the setup, followed by numerous twists that reveal Jackson to be a killer after all – a particularly nasty one with an affinity for torture – as well as the sole witness to Cooper’s sneaky mishap and the man responsible for sending the victim fleeing in front of the car (recap: scary bad guy). Before you send us an angry email, none of these are spoilers. They’re all in the two-and-a-half-minute preview.
So, the question is, just how twisty is the film itself going to get? What will be the grim backstory behind Jackson’s tortured need to torture and to yell really loudly that people don’t understand? With these U-turn reveals usually saved for the end of this type of thriller already on display, are there going to be even more? Or will this be a Heat-esque flick where it’s all about how the story unfolds for those involved and how the creators deftly film it?
It’s too much intrigue to handle. There’s only one way to find out – go and see it.