After swallowing 20 condoms full of the stuff and taking some constipation-inducing pills, Ray survives the plane trip home but arouses suspicion at customs. When he refuses to cooperate with an X-ray or something more invasive than a regular strip-search, the law allows detectives Croft and Paris (Weaving and Ewen Leslie) to put him under 24-hour watch in a nearby hotel. While they wait for their stubborn captive to relieve himself, Gavin and Ray’s dad get into their own trouble with Shepherd, whom they’ve attempted to double-cross.
Playing Ray is a thankless task: For most of the film, Sampson has little to do beyond sweating, writhing on his bed miserably, and saying “no” to increasingly forceful demands that he cooperate. A couple of effects shots take a quick look at the stew inside Ray’s bowels, helping us to share his discomfort, but mostly the part comes down to Sampson turning the character’s continued refusals into something active and pathetically defiant. There’s a flicker of intelligence, or at least aspiration, in the dull man’s eyes from the start, but it’s only near the end that he becomes a person we can identify with.
The third act benefits from legal wrangling—with a public defender (Georgina Haig) fighting the cops’ requests for extensions to the period in which they can legally hold Ray. The detectives’ own tempers and misbehavior drive the film more than the gangster subplots going on outside the hotel, adding a twist or two that change the nature of Ray’s ordeal. The conclusion, which finally makes use of the America’s Cup yacht race we’ve been seeing in the background throughout the film, is so clever one hopes it’s true.
—The Hollywood Reporter