Of course, Clay’s decision infuriates Kelly, sending her on her revenge mission and arming her with several questions and severe paranoia. Is the constantly sneering Ritter part of this cover-up / conspiracy? And where did this fourth assassin disappear without a trace? Based on a tip from Greer, Kelly follows a lead to Dulles Airport. The ensuing violence is so ridiculous (gas fires, boneless vehicles, gunshot torture) that you’re amazed Kelly doesn’t blow up hell with her career. Instead, he is sent to prison where he is surrounded by vindictive Russians and forced to show us an upper body that would shame Adonis. Michael B. Jordan preparing to fight a slew of villains while posing topless is the only joy you will receive from “Without Remorse.”
Getting Kelly to report to a tough top lady is an intriguing concept for such an otherwise numbers actor. The movie doesn’t do much, but it does make some very awkward comments about having two black lead roles in a military movie. “We fought for a country that did not love us back,” is a line of dialogue that plays like a pander to members of the white public who need to be convinced that patriotism can exist in a black ensemble. This truth deserves more than lip service. Worse yet, when the villain tells Kelly that Americans are turning on each other just because they don’t have a foreign enemy to hate, it’s a downright silly excuse to sell to a person of color. Racism and partisan hatred exist because Americans are bored? Something like that.
After all of this inconsistent nonsense culminating in sham deaths and inflicted justice on behalf of a woman we’ve barely met, let alone come to know, “Without Remorse” has the nerve to end with an all-out mid-credits. also inconsistent, à la Nick Fury. sequence that sets up a sequel that I can’t imagine viewers couldn’t care less about wanting to see. I was so happy the movie was over that I almost turned off the viewfinder before this scene appeared, so take this as your warning that he’s here. Apart from a well-directed underwater sequence by Philippe Rousselot, there is not much to recommend this film. But if you really need to watch Michael B. Jordan fight the Russians, just watch “Creed II”.
On Amazon Prime on Friday, April 30.