The movie grows on you if you let it
Aside from the Jason Bateman scene, I wasn't particularly impressed with this movie the first time I saw it, years ago. Since then, I've come to idolize Joe Carnahan for the masterful job he did with The Grey, and gave this movie a shot again the other day.
I am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised. It was better upon second viewing--to the point where I really started to appreciate what he did with this movie. I think the main problem with this movie was something people complained a lot about with The Grey: it was advertised differently than what it is. In the case of The Grey, I was too immersed to care, and actually ended up preferring the "bait and switch."
This film isn't the jokey, comedic film it was marketed as. It's a very serious film with some comedic elements here and there (again, Bateman KILLED it here!), that needs a lot of time for the set up because there are so many characters. Once everything has been established, however, it really starts to take off.
For what it's worth, I'd like to implore anyone who hasn't seen this film to see it with the above in mind, and everyone who saw it and wasn't impressed to give it another shot.