US foreign-service agent Milla Jovovich dashes hither and thither across London and New York trying to foil a dastardly terrorist plot singlehanded, which might have been fun if flat-footed action thriller Survivor (opens in new tab) hadn’t lumbered her with dog-eared dialogue and a hokey plot. Her solo mission could barely be more preposterous. She’s been framed for murder and is on the run both from the authorities and from Pierce Brosnan’s grim-faced freelance assassin, the Watchmaker, yet she manages to slip her pursuers time and again with unconvincing ease.
Certificate 12. Runtime 94 mins. Director James McTeigue
Survivor is available on EST/Digital, DVD & Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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