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An amateur with a score to settle, Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), trains himself in the art of counter-terrorism. His efforts pique the interest of CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan), who recognises his potential. Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton), under whose tutelage he is placed, sees more than just potential, however  – he sees his weaknesses – namely making it personal and the inability to follow orders. When Mitch and Stan are assigned to stop a maniac with access to a nuclear weapon, those weaknesses will be put to the test.

Based on the novel by Vince Flynn, Director Michael Cuesta has made a film that engrosses (and grosses out) at times, but follows a meandering path.

★★1/2

Reviewed by Craig Coventry