Cohen & Tate [Blu-ray]
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Adam Baldwin gives a vicious performance as the hot-headed Tate, though a lot of his dialogue is badly dubbed over for content (despite the movie's R rating). Roy Scheider is ice-cold as Cohen, conceivable as a veteran killer suffering from hearing loss.
The movie as a whole isn't the greatest, but it's not so much the plot that drives this movie. The characters of Cohen and Tate, their conflicting natures and constitutions is what makes this movie worth your time. As the tension mounts, you can sense the characters' hatred for one another. When the movie reaches it's climax, you don't really care who gets killed but you really want someone to get it. One day I would love to see this movie released to DVD with Baldwin's original dialogue restored.
This is the story about two criminals who kill the parents of a young boy and kidnap him. There is action right at the beginning. The boy will be brought back to Houston Texas (they are paid to do this). [When you think about this it seem implausible.] After the murders they drive away in the night with the young boy in the back seat. [He is not hooded or restrained.] There are dramatic events to carry the story forward. They are able to overcome two policemen at a roadblock! After this they hijack another car (as if this was a long-term solution). The pair have problems (to add comic touches to a serious drama).
There is a personality conflict between the older and wiser Cohen and the younger and emotional Tate. They drive through the dark night, having to take the back roads after the incident with the police. At a rest stop the boy warns Cohen that Tate wants to kill them both. [What about their payoff? Is it wise to mail cash in an envelope?] They drive in silence, no radio, as the boy sings about MacDonald’s Farm. There is conflict over driving the car. Suddenly Tate ceases to be a problem for Cohen! Cohen can handle that. They stop for gas. Cohen makes a quick decision. Later a flat tire presents a new problem, and a big surprise! [Believable? But it adds to the drama.]
The boy drives the car, then stops. There is another surprise! [This is like a cartoon.] Next there is more bloody action! Who will walk away now? Morning’s light reveals a police helicopter following them as they near Houston. There is a car crash, police cars surround them. Will Cohen surrender to face the charges? Will the young boy celebrate his tenth birthday? What ending will please the audience?
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