Is Thurday at 10pm the new opening date for movies? Either way, I wasn't planning on checking this out but the movie I went to see got bumped for the new releases so I decided to go with this thing. If you're expecting L.A. CONFIDENTIAL or some sort of Oscar-worthy film then you're going to be disappointed because this here is more of an exploitation picture mixed with a 50's noir. The film is actually pretty damn violent and especially during the opening ten-minutes, which will remind some of a SAW movie. Whereas there aren't any real brains in this thing, it seems the director just wanted everyone to have fun and not have to worry about which actor got the naked gold man. The performances are "good" but I'd say none of them are among the actor's best work. It really does seem that all of them are just on auto pilot having fun with a lesser picture. Robert Patrick is really great in his small role. Brolin is perfect for someone to go around kicking ass. Penn, one of my favorite actors, is so over-the-top that it almost seems like he's playing Al Pacino going over-the-top. It's a fun performance though. The setting and look are just fine and there's no question that the final ten-minutes are going to have people cheering. The now controversial theater shooting sequence is certainly gone here so who knows if we'll ever see that. Either way, :star::star::star: out of four as long as you don't come in expecting anything serious.