First of all, I love the cast. Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane, and Rachel Bilson – not a bad start.
Next, it was directed by Doug Liman, the guy behind the The Bourne Identity series of films, and who also did a decent job with Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
And finally, the screenplay was adapted by David S. Goyer, who also wrote the screenplays for Batman Begins and Dark City.
I’ll admit I love this kind of action movie, when it’s done right, but after so many crappy movies in 2008 I’m a bit jaded now. I also have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Christensen.