Somewhere in the Middle East, a suspected terrorist attends a funeral. Since this is an excellent opportunity to assassinate him, the US armed forces prepare for an attack. While analyzing the real time data, the DOD’s computer system recommends the mission to be aborted. The Secretary of Defense (Michael Chiklis) agrees with the recommendation. But the President overrides and authorizes the bombing.
Jerry Shaw(Shia LeBeouf) is informed of the death of his twin brother. While Jerry is a Stanford dropout who is struggling to pay his rent, his twin scored well in academics and was serving as a Lieutenant with the Air Force. Their father is still disappointed with Jerry and willing to help him out. But, Jerry is too proud to accept his father’s offer. After returning from the funeral, he suddenly finds a lot of cash in his bank account and is delivered a consignment of weapons and explosives at his apartment.
As soon as he finds the consignment, he gets a mysterious call from a lady. The lady orders Jerry to escape as FBI is on the way to arrest him. He ignores the warning and get caught by FBI. At FBI office, he is interrogated by Special Agent Thomas Morgan(Billy Bob Thornton). He is soon joined by Special Agent Zoe Perez(Rosario Dawson) from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Rachel Holloman(Michelle Monaghan) is a single mother. Her son is on his way to Washington DC for a band recital. After her son’s departure, Rachel is out partying at night. She also gets a mysterious call from a lady while she is at the bar. She is asked to perform tasks to save her son’s life.
Soon, Jerry is aided by the mystery woman through phone and display tickers to escape out of the FBI prison. In the outside world, Jerry is aided by Rachel. The rest of story provides the connection between the first event and three people, Jerry, Rachel and mystery woman to unravel the suspense.
DJ Caruso directs this movie. The movie opens up beautifully making the audience fret over the connection between the various events unfolding before their eyes. The audience is completely hooked when Jerry and Rachel meets up. But the movie takes a downturn when the suspense is revealed about the mystery woman. It was unbelievable.
There are no performances to write about. Shia LeBeouf is yet again doing the role of an dysfunctional young man getting into trouble. Billy Bob Thornton put on the act of an hardliner and gets to mouth cheesy lines. Rosario Dawson has nothing special to do other than looking good in shades and suits.
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