The direct-to-video/DVD market is awash with action pictures about assassins who develope consciences, and while writer-director Kenny Golde’s variation on the theme of vocational redirection isn’t fresh, he does know his way around a car chase.
Syndicate boss Vernon (Alex Rocco) won't tolerate half measures and castigates hit lady C.J. March (Daryl Hannah) for failing to retrieve $100,000 worth of drugs from the briefcase of a man she wiped out on Vernon's orders. C.J. follows Vernon’s orders to pick up the cold trail, but the guy who now has the dope gets ripped off by his partner, Troy Riverside (Brad Renfro), and his pregnant girlfriend Emily (Dominique Swain). This modern-day Bonnie and Clyde team hopes to get out of town with a retirement stake, but neither realized that few buyers would be willing to cross vicious Vernon. Increasingly unsatisfied with her career, C.J. hooks up with an ex-priest named Rick (Eric Mabius), who brings out C.J.'s softer side despite her steeliest efforts. But she still has a job to complete, and the fact that Emily is pregnant complicates C.J.’s assignment. After C.J. wounds Troy in a shoot-out, Emily regards him as dead weight: She shoots her lover without a second though and claims the 20 kilograms of dope, then gives birth and abandons the newborn, still holding onto the briefcase. When she and C.J. come face to face, C.J. forgets her profession's "shoot-first-ask-questions-later" code, giving Emily the opportunity to wound her and escape. Will Vernon forgive C.J.’s breach of protocol, or is C.J. destined to take it on the lam as well?
Golde's cast tries to elicit sympathy for unsympathetic characters, but their efforts are undercut by the script’s redemptive posturing. Although C.J.’s pursuit of Emily and Troy plays out like a warped version of the Nativity, Golde treats C.J.’s changing perspective with more earnestness than the film's modest ambitions merit.
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- Released: 2004
- Rating: R
- Review: The direct-to-video/DVD market is awash with action pictures about assassins who develope consciences, and while writer-director Kenny Golde’s variation on the theme of vocational redirection isn’t fresh, he does know his way around a car chase. Syndica… (more)