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Movie review: Erased

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Ex-CIA agent turned security consultant Ben is now living in Belgium with his estranged 15-year-old daughter. When Ben stumbles upon a strange plot and those he knows disappear it becomes obvious he and his daughter are targeted for assassination but somehow slipped through the cracks.

Aaron Eckhart (Ben), Liana Liberato (Amy), Olga Kurylenko (Anna), Garrick Hagon (Halgate), Eric Godon (Maitland), Yassine Fadel (Nabil), Neil Napier (Derek), David Bark-Jones (Marty), Alexander Fehling (Floyd).

Erased slowly eases us into the setting by first presenting an ordinary day in the life of Ben. After that it is easy to recognize when things go wrong and the plot begins to unroll. From there the film tastes and feels much like other spy films with similar plots. As things move along the plot gets a bit more interesting with the film finally presenting a misdirected ending.

Acting was good with Eckhart doing surprisingly well in his role. Liberato did well as a part-time antagonist in this one but felt better when working with Eckhart. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid with good delivery and quality.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds felt good and appropriate for a film with a decent budget. Effects were good and added a quality feel to the film. Dialogue was interesting and moved along well. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

Overall Erased is a nicely done Spy Thriller that is easily followed while at the same time maintaining audience interest. Those who enjoy a well rounded spy flick will enjoy this the most, while those who prefer action over drama may be a bit letdown.

With some graphic violence and foul language save this for older teens and above.

Released: 2012
Reviewed: 11.25.13
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Thrillers, Action Thrillers, Spy Action & Adventure, Spy Thrillers

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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