Tom Clancy's Without Remorse
has everything a movie director from the 80’s could wish: a ripped Hollywood superstar, a conflicted argument which includes international tension between USA and Russia, and lots of explosions. What might be wrong? It only depends on your expectations.
Based on Tom Clancy’s novel of the same name, written in 1993, the film produced by Amazon and directed by Stefano Sollima
tells the story of an elite Navy SEAL, John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan
) who discovers an international conspiracy while he seeks revenge for the murder of his pregnant wife. The Italian director deviates from what we are used to see in his previous productions. The high quality but simultaneously independent nature of his TV shows have nothing to do with this archetypical blockbuster. I can only suggest to you how powerful the series Gomorrah
(2014) is, where he makes a brilliant approach to the Camorra, based on Roberto Saviano’s novel.
Regarding Amazon’s production, the plot is not creative at all, everything is foolishly justified, and character development is nonexistent. It seems like they wanted to take an already made “superhero” and put him in the big screen blowing things up. This kind of tormented character is the same as any other bad-ass guy who tries to take the law into his own hands. It comes to my mind the recent example of John Wick
(2014), but at least in David Leitch’s oeuvre the story is more original: Keanu Reeves goes on a killing spree to avenge his dog’s death.
Contrarily to these claims, the movie somehow achieves to keep you awake, and if you are an action movie fan, you may enjoy some scenes; in this way, the millions of dollars invested in explosives and special effects accomplish their mission.