Alexis Louder holds her own as the heroine (and only woman in) Joe Carnahan’s slim, mean, 70s-inspired action thriller. She plays Valerie Young, a Nevada sheriff and former army medic with neon pink nails. In the cells of the police station opposite are the hit man Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler) and his target, the “mob fraud” Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo). Viddick has a plan, but his mission is stalled by the unexpected arrival of psychopathic serial killer Anthony Lamb (Toby Huss) who storms the station. Young is in the crossfire.
The why is largely irrelevant; Important are Murretto’s man buns and snakeskin boots, Viddick’s one-liners (“Hard charges get hard,” he purrs, a remark he admits sounds cool and doesn’t mean anything) and an impressive scene in which Young repairs someone’s severed windpipe.