‘In the Line of Fire’ meets ‘The Fugitive’, then, and for a while they get on rather well. Wahlberg is engaging, the script pacy and director Antoine Fuqua (‘Training Day’, ‘Tears of the Sun’) has a sure grasp of the best three angles from which to cover a high-speed car chase or slow-motion fireball, of which there’s no shortage. That the characters and dialogue are clichéd is no great surprise, but the film’s weird, thin politics become harder to swallow as it lurches from set-up to set-up: anti-establishment social righteousness marches in step with man-alone isolationism; self-serving militarism is lambasted while automatic weaponry is slobbered over; and limbs crack and heads pop all the while. It’s a funny kind of patriotism that so utterly disdains institutions.
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