When you spot Gerard Butler’s name on a poster or in a trailer, all the rudimentary action flicks he’s done previously should serve as a reminder: He is a one-note actor.

Butler working with the same director behind “Greenland” and “Angel Has Fallen,” and this team has lazy action flicks down to a science. With the chase sequences, gun fights and skimpy dialogue, “Kandahar” is as formulaic as you get. Somewhere between “300” and “Machine Gun Preacher,” Butler became the go-to guy for cheap action flicks Mel Gibson once helmed. Butler might be the only marquee face in “Kandahar,” but the point of view is split unevenly between other characters, reducing the amount of time the Scottish star is on screen.

Dustin Chase is a film critic and associate editor with Texas Art & Film, which is based in Galveston. Visit texasartfilm.com.


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