Right up front, I'm just gonna tell you that this movie stinks on toast. I wouldn't even watch it if the DVD came with free pizza and beer. And before any asshole gets snarky about Vin Diesel, just let me tell you that I really like him. He is one of my favorite actors. He almost manages to make this turkey fly. Almost.
The movie makes the typical mistake of picking as a central figure that you want to see die horribly after the first frame. War of the Worlds did that with the horrible Dakota Fanning, and this movie continues the tradition with their central female protagonist. I wanted to kill her myself.
The chink chick from 'Crouching Tiger...' does an admirable job doing what she does, looking serious, and kicking lots of ass. I was wondering where I'd seen her before, and then I saw her first fight, recognized her fighting style, snapped my fingers and said "Crouching Tiger!" and the people I was with said 'oh, yeah!'
Speaking of, I was with my son, the Baby Marine, his squeeze, the wife, and it took the theatre 10 minutes to find someone qualified to run the projection equipment. And boy does this movie ever suck. Plot holes you could throw a cat through, unresolved red herrings, outrageously silly plot, terrible camera handling, silly dialog, oh, I could go on, but just suffice it to say that when we all stood out once again in the clean light of day, we just looked at each other and said 'what the fuck was that all about?'
And then went and had drinks. Which is what you should do until any urge to see this dumb, bad movie passes. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.