Sean Penn's new flicks is a rejected James Bond film. His character's name is even James. He works for hired security in the Congo. The security is suppose to take care of his girlfriend and an airfield, but they are really working for a mineral company. When the minister of finance in the Congo decides that the mineral contractors are causing the country's troubles, he cancels the contracts. Penn kills the guy and has to leave the continent. Javier plays his boss, Felix, who loves the girlfriend, so guess what happens when he leaves.
Penn comes back to the Congo to surf. Yeah, full Spicolie. He also helps find fresh water for villagers. That is until a hit squad comes after him. Well after dispatching them, he goes to his boss who is not Javier. At this point, we think Javier did all of this since he is now the head of this for profit charity thing and married to the girlfriend. In the twist, its actually, the original boss, who is behind all of this. In ends in a cat and mouse chase at a bullfight where Penn and the girlfriend survive thanks to a killer bull.
Its so Bond, its ridiculous. we have a James, a Felix, a friend who is a Q type personal, a former Bond villain in Javier and oh yeah he gets a classic car mid way through the film. Idris Elba shows up at the end as Interpol to save the day even though the day is already saved much like MI6. So, Idris is M. I think why its a rejected Bond script is him actually and knowingly killing the finance minister. He has to go to jail for it, but he gets out and visits the girlfriend in the Congo. Minus those elements and of course the surfing, he is Bond.
The other not Bond element, he is dealing with post concussion syndrome due to his past. Something Bond should be dealing with it. It makes vulnerable at times. You do feel for him as he gets the news. I did buy Penn as an older Bond, but what would have been cooler is Idris in the role. There is a good message about NGO companies like Blackwater who seem to serve no master and play by their own rules. Yet, who much of that you take with is how much you really trust those people..ps..you shouldn't.