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The lack of meaning in the title of this slick Dwayne Johnson revenge thriller means it could equally be called Louder, Hungrier or even just More – a grunting stab at urgency and hyperbole. Johnson is somewhere near his narrow-eyed best as an ex-con out for revenge after a mean ten-year stint, gunning down his marks with the ruthlessness of a Charles Bronson vigilante spree. But the film piles up too many sub-plots and side-issues – Billy Bob Thornton’s drug-addled detective and Oliver Jackson-Cohen’s sleek hitman shadowing Johnson – leaving it unable to maintain momentum, and leaving us with a watchable but ultimately patchwork ride.

This text originally appeared in Total Film magazine

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