This is a movie that I try to forget I bought, like this I will not regret too much the few $ I spent on Amazon. The Mentalist is one of my favorite TV shows and I have seen Paz Vega in other movies. So I didn't hesitate to get the movie. What a mistake!
The plot is quite complicated and really difficult to imagine. Jack Bishop (Simon Baker) is a businessman, and coach of the soccer team that his daughter Tobey (Chloe Moretz) is playing on. They are living in a Texas border town. He is married to Amaya (Paz Vega). She is not the mother of Tobey. One day, just before practice, his daughter is kidnapped by someone and then...the movie starts. The cops are getting involved and are investigating. They ask Jack about his ex wife and he says that she died and that he doesn't remember where his wife is burried and doesn't have a death certificate. He also doesn't remember how his wife died. And the cops say ....OK, no problem (!). From that point on I stopped taking this movie seriously and just watched to see where the pathetic director is taking us. Probably one of the worst direction I have ever seen! When the director of a movie accepts such nonsense then the whole script belongs in the garbage.
This is a bad movie all around. Bad plot, bad acting, bad direction, especially the direction. Not sure why they keep showing the river with the border line between Texas and Mexico all the time. At no point we believe that Baker is that reformed assassin while the direction of the movie is at best pathetic. The movie jumps from one scene to the other without any cohesion and smooth transitions.
Two stars for Chloe Moretz who tries to save the movie and for the end that is unexpected. But the plot had potential with another director and with someone who can really play a guy with two personalities (Ralph Fiennes comes to mind instead of Simon Baker).