There's Alpha Male Mark Wahlberg, and then there's Shrinking Violet Mark Wahlberg. The latter can often spell death for a film – especially an action thriller – but occasionally, a director finds a way to make that kind of low-boiling energy work to a film's advantage. Here, the actor's New Orleans family man who has given up the thievery business and wouldn't you know it, he's forced to take one last job. Director Baltasar Kormakur uses Wahlberg's quiet tension to build both suspense and pathos. The actor is a reluctant hero here, and he knows that things are going to go off the rails. His regret and muted rage are often transfixing.