Robert Rodriguez, sharing directing duties with longtime editing assistant Ethan Maniquis, expands the mock-trailer from Grindhouse about an ex-Federale (Danny Trejo) taking on corruption all over the place into a mash-up of what, in the hands of his buddy Quentin Tarantino, would have been epic proportions. But Rodriguez lacks the focus to bring his large-scale vision to inglorious life. Grade: D-plus.
Nimrod Antal ('Vancancy') helms this Robert Rodriguez production, which wants to be the true follow-up to the Arnold Schwarzenegger action-adventure from the late 1980s. Rather than setting things on Earth, though, the action takes place in an alien junglescape that will test the skills and fortitude of a team of mercenaries and outcasts led by Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, who looks a bit like a Road Warrior-styled muscle car with able support from a steely-eyed Alice Braga. Grade: D-plus.