Sylvester Stallone teams up with Walter Hill—whose early triumphs like The Warriors (1979) and Southern Comfort (1981) have long since given way to action vehicles for Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Wesley Snipes—for a routine crime picture along the lines of Hill’s big hit 48 Hours (1982). Stallone is an aging hit man from New Orleans whose partner gets stabbed to death by bad guys; Sung Kang (the Fast and the Furious franchise) is a Korean-American cop from Washington, D.C., who teams up with the assassin, and there are almost as many lame Asian jokes as there are bullets to the head. Hill’s eye for back alley scuzz is as strong as ever, but the story, adapted from a French graphic novel by Alexis Nolent, is so die-cut it gives neither him nor Stallone anything to work with. With Christian Slater, Sarah Shahi, and Jon Seda.
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