I read the book this movie was based on years ago and then decided to give the movie a miss, which might tell you something. Well, the movie is better than the book, but it’s still not all that great. Mark Wahlberg is busily building his legend as a retired sniper brought into a long con involving an assassination attempt and such. That’s all by the numbers, including the “twist” at the end, which is retained from the book. Michael Pena is better than Wahlberg as a novice FBI agent who finds himself caught up in things. Kate Mara is . . . not as good as her sister, but is pleasant to look at. The only thing in here pleasurable enough to be better than average is M. Emmett Walsh as a Dick Cheney-esque politician; he’s having a lot of fun. On the whole, this movie is distinctly average and I recommend against wasting your time on it. 2 stars.
tl;dr – derivative, by the numbers “thriller” isn’t exactly stupid or lame, but neither does it do anything to distinguish itself or justify its existence. 2 stars.