Nicolas Cage stars as a well-paid assassin who travels to Thailand to kill four people in this loose remake by the Pang brothers of their 1999 film. While Cage is appropriately laconic and surly as a loner whose only ties are to the people who hire him, his performance is unusually flaccid. The story includes several overused plot devices, including the cliched final job with a big payoff that will allow Cage's character to retire permanently, but when he allows a Thai gofer into his locked-down world and decides to train him, things go predictably awry. While the film includes several exciting, creatively shot action scenes, the drama is otherwise so shopworn that the violent climax is a relief. With Shahkrit Yamnarm and Pamward Hemmanee. R, 100 min.