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Weller and Elliott make such an odd pair, I really wish they'd gone more into their history. Instead, the story opens with their characters already established as long-time pals. Elliott is Richie Marks, your typically world-weary, sullen plainclothesman, scruffy and something of a renegade yet honorable. And, so far, it checks off the box of the generic action flick. The game changer is Peter Weller. He plays a public defender named Roland Dalton. The swerve is that Weller matches Elliott's wild gleam in the eyes and, although Elliott seems the more deranged daredevil, Weller enthusiastically jumps right in there with Elliott as they go seriously above and beyond to nab the baddies. You wouldn't have thunk it that Dalton is burnt out and, after fourteen years on the job, is on his last week of legal aid duty, what with Wall Street beckoning like mad. In his last week, Weller comes to defend a local drug dealer accused of fatally shooting an undercover narcotics cop in Central Park. The case pits Weller and Elliott against the twin urban institutions of crack and corruption.
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The story is goofy but enjoyable and also disjointed. Weller is a legal aid lawyer about to sell out to Wall Street because he is marrying money, and Elliott is an honest cop living in a theater who is estranged from his wife. Weller and Elliott know each other - they are friends with a history, it seems - but why that is the case is never explained. They actually have good chemistry together. Weller catches a case where his client is innocent of murdering a cop; the client is a drug dealer who shot the dishonest cop in self-defense. Elliott works with the same band of dishonest cops that this cop belonged to. Somehow these cops are involved with a gangster - an African-American hip gangster because it is the '80s - who they initially raid but later they work with for no reason that is ever explained. When action is required, the bad guys open fire on innocent bystanders and explosions ensue with no concern for the safety of anyone.
Weird, but hey, it was the '80s.
The story line is disjointed. There are leaps of story-telling, e.g., why does Weller think it is such a brilliant idea to break into the police headquarters rather than asking Elliott to get the evidence? Who knows, it just happens. And how does ripping some wires off the back of a roller coaster cause it to jump the tracks? Again, stuff just happens.
So long as you don't think about what you are watching, it is a popcorn action-adventure flick that rewards the price of a rental.
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This movie should be watched if for no other reason than to see Sam Elliot clinging onto the landing gear of a plane as it flies over New York City. With a gun.....Published 1 month ago by Josh Hayes
The plot sounded interesting, but the storytelling was poorly executed. With the exception of some action sequences, this movie should be missed. It's not worth watchingPublished 7 months ago by Mars
This movie made Sam Elliott a favorite of mine; love the voice!Published 11 months ago by Wendy Altman
I have loved this move since I saw it in '88. Kinda hokey, but worth every penny. "Boeski!"Published 11 months ago by WhoDat
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