What’s it about
The plot is nothing out of this world, but it doesn’t have to be in a movie of this kind. Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a black-market mercenary for hire, entrusted to rescue the son of a notorious drug lord from India, who’s been abducted by a rival drug kingpin in Dhaka, Bangladesh. However, despite Tyler’s supreme skills, such operations rarely go as planned, and with unpredictable scenarios, double-crosses and unexpected dangers lying in wait around every bend, Dhaka soon turns into a war zone, where Tyler is tested to his limit to see his mission through.
Chris Hemsworth looks, talks and reacts to his character like he was born for such a role. Thor may have just found his groove once he lets go of his hammer. It’s also great to see Randeep Hooda get such a prominent role in a major Hollywood production, almost going toe-to-toe with Chris, despite being the supporting lead. In fact, Bollywood hasn’t given Hooda a role of such impact in a long time. Rudhraksh Jaiswal also does a good job as the kid thrown in the deep end. It helps that all three get to work around Sam Hargrave’s astute direction and a screenplay that constantly thrust them in the thick of things (for which they’re indubitably up to the task). The rest of the cast is decent in their small parts, but Priyanshu Painyuli is woefully miscast as the villain — a better actor would’ve shone with menace even in such limited screen time.
The stunt choreography and fight scenes are also very well staged, no doubt by Hargrave’s expertise as a stunt director on films like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame. The cinematography (Newton Thomas Sigel) and production design are also top notch, exuding the feel of a combat area, while the BGM, especially a scene where classic Bollywood melodies play in the background, is easy on the ears.