There are two former mixed martial artists in the film. Carano plays hard at being a cop, Kris; Bautista harder at playing a robber, Cox. And they go up against each other only once.
There are two natural charmers in the film. De Niro plays a casino owner called ‘The Pope’ (king, we guess, is too passe, god too passive); Morgan another robber called Vaughn. They share the same space only twice.
There is only one vehicle of consequence in the film, though several give it chase. That is the bus, route no. 657. Shot, teargassed, spray-painted, crashed, almost burnt, bloodied. It never leaves our sight.
There is a casino too in the film. Owned by The Pope, run by his brutal henchman. The Chinese come closest to enjoying any fun there.
There is a fifth angle to the film. It is cancer, that has stricken Vaughn’s daughter, and rendered low The Pope. Vaughn tries to steal The Pope’s money to pay for his daughter’s surgery. The Pope’s daughter (Kate Bosworth, in the briefest of roles) isn’t moved by even his condition to accept any of his fortune.
Need we say more?
Directed by Scott Man
Starring Robert de Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Gina Carano, Dave Bautista