Though unfamiliar to most folks in the United States, John Stratton is one of contemporary fiction's most popular heroes in the UK. Duncan Falconer has written nine novels featuring the character, loosely based on his own experiences in the SBS (the British equivalent of Navy SEALs).
Stratton is the first film in the series. Dominic Cooper stars as the fearless, whiskey-swilling title character. He tries to track a terrorist plotting to blow up London. Though there's nothing in here we haven't seen before, director Simon West (Con Air, The Mechanic) has a solid track record of making enjoyable action movies.
The cast also includes Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi, Tom Felton and Tyler Hoechlin.
Stratton premiered in the UK this fall, and is scheduled to open stateside on January 5.