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Plot Overview

battered crossole gloryFed-up lawyer Mason Pettits (John Cena) decides to be all he can be. He enlists in the army and is qualified for special forces. On assignment to take out President Juan Arturo Venegas (Juan Pablo Raba,) dictator of Palona, their bird gets shot down, half the crew is killed, and Mason receives a medical discharge. He returns to soul-sucking lawyering and settles down in suburbia with a pretty wife Jenny (Alice Eve) and an eight-year-old daughter.

College News

clipboardWhen President Arturo Venegas decides to break his media silence, he has a friend from Oxford University recommend yellow journalist Claire Welling­ton (Alison Brie) to do the inter­view. She in turn enlists Contracted Defense Initiative (CDI) to provide a Personal Protective Detail. CDI's head Sebastian Earl contacts his old army friend Mason and offers him $20K for this one-off. Needing the money Mason reluctantly accepts amidst protests from his wife that that part of his life is over. Well, not quite, it turns out, as there's a hostile take­over (“coup d'etat”) in process. He phones home via satellite to say he'll be back as soon as he can break away from the negotiations (“sh!t storm.”)


owl and bookscandlesPalona is rich in lathinites, minerals needed to run modern electronics. Some inter­national money interests have engaged South African mercenaries to topple the government and install the current dictator's nephew Hore who will allow them free rein to exploit the minerals and the people. The new government's idea of fairness will be along the lines of author George Cable's saying, “the marble halls where justice dreamt she dwelt” (11). The current, much maligned, dictator by contrast has a higher frame of reference: he crosses him­self, is seen in church, and is an Oxford grad. He has a mind to help the people and is prepared to make a difference despite heavy opposition and attempts on his life. In a word, (Prov. 28:5) “Evil men under­stand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.”

There's an interlude in this action-packed movie to watch a man review his darling little girl's ballet routine. She's flawless having mastered it through training and discipline. Like­wise, it takes no great leap of the imagination to conclude our consummate man-of-the-people maintains his shaky position through the rigorous training and discipline of his Jesuit upbringing.


Production Values

” (2023) was directed by Pierre Morel. It was written by Jacob Lentz. It stars Alison Brie, Juan Pablo Raba, and John Cena. They all delivered their lines with aplomb and took their lumps in stride.

MPAA rated it R for violence and language. The humor was continual and engaging. The action was relentless. The two dove­tailed nicely with each other. The photog­raphy was creative. The jungle forest was lush. Army basic training was iconic brutality. Lawyering was the pits. The women were hot. The dictator was suave. The GI was hung. The movie had some­thing for every­body. Runtime is 1 hour 49 minutes.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

Here is a worthy example of a leader with tacit Christian values who does good to the people. It's comedic as well as tense. You'll get your money's worth.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed fun. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Fit For a Friday Evening. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture taken from the King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Software.

Cable, George W. The Flower of the Chapdelaines. Copyright, 1918, by Charles Scribner's Sons. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1918. Print.