From the producers of the world's biggest action blockbusters - Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard, Conspiracy Theory, the Lethal Weapon series) and Richard Donner (Maverick, Conspiracy Theory, the Lethal Weapon series) comes a story of a man (James Belushi - Gang Related, Red Heat) now in the Federal Witness Protection Program who just got caught stealing $12 million from some very bad men. Double crossed by his own wife (Vanessa Angel - Kingpin, King of New York), this former "made man" must outwit four mobsters sent to track him down and a crooked sheriff (Timothy Dalton - Rocketeer, License To Kill). Sometimes the only thing more dangerous than a loaded gun, is a loaded mouth. It's time to pay or play in a world where partnerships are made to be broken.
James Belushi is a former gangster in the Federal Witness Protection Program, hiding in the small redneck town of Harmony. Skipper, the mysterious mob boss Belushi worked for, discovers his whereabouts and sends four thugs to collect the $12 million Belushi had been stealing from him, and then whack him. Cross and double-cross ensues, as the fast-talking, street-smart Belushi cons his way from one harrowing bind to another. Throw into the mix a crooked redneck sheriff (Timothy Dalton) and the Belushi character's wife with questionable loyalties (Vanessa Angel), and you've got a fast-paced action comedy that keeps you guessing up to the end. The acting is solid, including Jamie Harris (son of Richard) as a British mobster with a knack for torture. One of the least appreciated components of film storytelling is pace, and Made Men
has an impeccable knack for pacing. Kudos to director Louis Morneau (Bats
) and veteran action film producers Joel Silver and Richard Donner for making this gem, which should have seen the dark light of the theater instead of being shuffled off direct to video. James Belushi deserves mention for a terrific performance, at once serious, convincing, and funny. --Jim Gay