This film centres on the "Flyguyz", a group of adrenaline-junkie flyboys who fund their wild lifestyles by using their ultra-fast and agile hi-tech planes to transport drugs into the US from Mexico. Cue a three way tussle between the CIA, the aerial drug runners and the Mexican crime gangs who controls the drugs. There's action a-plenty, high speed dog fights with US government planes, and serious bad-ass bad guys albeit in a stereotypical Mexican thug for hire way.
Doesn't sound original does it? And that's because it isn't. Not even close. Half the scenes seem lifted whole from previous movies – an example being torture by electrocution from Lethal Weapon. That said some of the moments work even despite their being borrowed and telegraphed. The speed gun joke still makes you smile – even if you could see it coming from the opening titles.
The acting performances are no great shakes either, even given the presence of a couple of veteran character actors in Tom Arnold and Robert Patrick. And as for Heroes' star Greg Grunberg – he gave an incredible display of hammy over-acting. Odd when in Heroes he underacted superbly. To put it in context, former wrestler Bill Goldberg wasn't out-acted.
Then there's the flying sequence – the point of the film really. Well, they aren't bad. But the problem is there's just too much in the way of aerial pursuit. It loses its impact all too quickly and what should have been a highlight falls flat. All in all, not much to recommend here.
Page updated 25 March, 2011