Ealasaid/ September 5, 2005/ Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Jason Statham, Amber Valletta, Allesandro Gassman, Kate Nauta.
Rated: PG-13 intense sequences of violent action, sexual content, partial nudity and brief language.
Parental Notes: The violence here is mostly cartoonish, and the partial nudity consists of half a nipple, half a rear end, and a villainess who spends as much time as possible wearing nothing but her underwear. It walks a fine line as far as suitability for preteens, but teenagers should be fine.

The mix of elements that make up a good summer action flick is fairly straightforward: you need lots of action, not too much hokey romance/relationship stuff, a solid villain, and a hero you can really root for. Witty secondary characters, beautiful women, cool technology, and interesting locations are useful but not required.