Shia LaBeouf is funny in this film. There’s no question about that. His sarcasm and Smart Aleck remarks infuse the film with some lighter moments, which is very welcome as there are a lot of intense scenes and action. This film barely slows down to take a breath.
Learning that someone close to him died while serving in the military, Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) attempts to deal with the grief but he has no time to do so. When he drops by an ATM machine, he discovers he suddenly has thousands of dollars in his account. When he arrives home at his apartment, a lot of packages have been delivered. These packages contain guns and weapons and he has no clue what is going on. When the place is charged and the FBI arrest him, he realizes something big is going down. He begins receiving phone calls from an unidentified female caller who leads him from one location in the city to another. Soon he is joined by a woman who is forced into working with Jerry as her son is being held captive. They soon learn who the real enemy is and that the President’s life depends on their stopping the bad guys before they strike.
It is too bad that, what could have been a very entertaining film for the family, is ruined by very strong language and some graphic violence. In one scene a man is electrocuted by a falling wire and a few glimpses of his burned corpse, including his face, are shown. Due to the non-stop violence and language, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.