Alba plays a stripper who never strips, people make grave mistakes and violence is a regrettable necessity. This is all noir and exquisitely pathetic types with defining sadness. People have stone faced deliberation and Bruce Willis continues to fade slowly and inexorably from greatness. People end up on the moral scrapheap. This was okay if not utterly compelling. People have girl problems and forlornness and everything sours into disillusionment.
Lady Gaga shows up. There is dangerous meddling and a bad guy has pompous conceit and predatory instincts for self-aggrandisement. The stripper goes delusional and there is moral turpitude. There is violence and a downer ending and minimum honesty and determined hatred.
“I got no reason at all to be nice to you.”
“Your present company is low.”
“A ratty dive full of horny drunks.”
“She was a whore. Not a very good one.”
“Make him good and dangerous.”