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(Oct 02, 2012)
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Quibbles aside, this fast paced nail-biter may be one of the quickest 2 hours of cinema ever filmed. Costner plays a Navy commander assigned to a high level post in the DOD, where he, and the Secretary of Defense become embroiled in a murder/scandal. The bulk of the film chronicles the Departments Under Secretary's attempts to quash the problem. A high level Russian mole in the U.S. government is being pursued throughout the film. The chase keeps narrowing down more and more drawing the government officials closer and closer to the culprit. The tension became almost unbearable as the mole was about to be trapped.
Costner, for a change, is really convincing in his role, the tight dialog helping him immeasurably. Sean Young actually smiles in this movie and looks twice as good as all her other newer movies put together. Gene Hackman has the usual commanding screen presence.
All in all, a fabulous politically charged thriller you ought not to miss!
This remake of "The Big Clock" (and this is the third film inspired by the novel with "Police Python 357" from 1976 being the second) holds together well something that can't be said of all thrillers from the same time frame as directors and writers often strained to create well made thrillers without violating the suspension of disbelief that was established with their audience.
You know the plot, right?
Well if not here we go--
Kevin Costner plays a Navy officer Tom Farrell recently assigned to the Pentagon. He's living the good life, found a wonderful girl (Sean Young) who's also sleeping with....his boss David Brice (Gene Hackman). When she's killed by his boss' men, he finds he's on the run because they know SOMEONE knew that they killed her. They plan on pinning it on a nonexistant Soviet mole and a damaged picture that has Farrell in it is found at the scene which puts him directly in the line of fire as being the "suspect" they are looking to pin the murder on.
As with a lot of thrillers of this type the performances can often reach operatic levels on screen but it fits the tension and feel of the film. There are a number of implausible moments but, heck, Hitchcock and other suspense directors always have elements of that in their films. It's a matter of whether or not you can suspend your disbelief during the run of the film. For me, it worked almost all of the time and that's a credit to Donaldson and his cast.Read more ›
What I loved about it was the unexpected. I cannot recall a single film that so effectively fooled me. Sure, there are things that, if you look at logically, you question, but I didn't care at all at the time because I was so immersed in the story.
The supporting cast is filled with terrific actors, most especially Gene Hackman, who is one of the all-time greats, and Sean Young. It is also easy to forget how hot she was at this time and this movie showcases why.
Should be given a proper blu ray treatment with all the special features. It is a great great film, one of the best of the 80s.
By the way, I am reviewing the all region dvd. It has Korean writing on the case and that concerned me but all I had to do was turn those subtitles off. It does not have English subtitles, and I don't know if the CC works with this, so any deaf customers may want to know that.
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For the most part a good story with very good performances by Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and especially Sean Young. Becomes a little too convoluted for its own good.Published 23 days ago by michael j. willman
Favorite movie and always watched when found on TV. Glad to have in my collectionPublished 1 month ago by Daniel Kim
I saw this movie a million years ago in theatres when it came out and really liked it and decided to watch it again with my adult daughter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T
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