For the most part, the actors in this movie phoned it in.
Kim Basinger's husband witnessed and recorded on his cell phone the execution of a suspect by dirty cops. They tracked him down, kidnapped Basinger and threaten to kill her unless her husband, Craig, gives them the evidence to destroy. Held in an upstairs room, Basinger manages to manipulate a broken landline phone to get a call out to a random number, which turns out to be a cell Chris Evans, a goofy young fellow who was just dumped by his girlfriend, Jessica Biel. This has no relevance to the actual plot, but Biel was big at the time and someone probably figured they would love an excuse to appeal to hot-blooded adolescents by getting her into the mix.
Basinger has never been a great actress, but this role was ridiculous. She is supposedly kidnapped, in desperate straits, and facing death if her husband doesn't come through. She evokes all the emotion one would expect if Starbucks got her order wrong. Seriously, I have expressed more honest emotion over a flat tire than she manages for this desperate, life-threatening ordeal. She was just awful.
The pre-Captain America Evans exudes a goofy, jug-headed sort of charm and it was a bit of fun to watch him vamping before he became an A-lister.
Jason Statham as the ringleader of the dirty cops brought his usual intense focus to the role - though even he seemed as if he had slightly lowered his caffeine intake before each day's filming. The only character who was fully into his part was William Macy who played a cop about to retire who stumbles on and unravels the blue conspiracy, ultimately saving the day with Evans. Macy always reminds me of a morose basset hound. In this one, it is not his stellar intellect that breaks the case, just his dogged pursuit of it. He is the little Basset that could - and does so with amusing charm.
I didn't regret seeing the film. It never had me on the edge of my seat, but it kind of made up for it with its unintentional humor. I never cried, I never worried for the characters - but I did get enough chuckles to make it worth while.