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The Fourth Angel (2001)

Jeremy Irons , Forest Whitaker , John Irvin  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker, Jason Priestley, Briony Glassco, Charlotte Rampling
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Writers: Allan Scott, Robin Hunter
  • Producers: Adam Goodman, Al Munteanu, Allan Scott, Daphne Park, Heidi Levitt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009YXEN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fourth Angel" on IMDb

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When Terrorists Kill His Family In Cold Blood, A Highlyrespected Journalist Is Driven To The Edge Of Murderousobsession In His Quest For Justice & Revenge.

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Academy Award ®-winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, Best Actor, 1990) delivers a riveting performance in this electrifying suspense-thriller about a "civilized" man driven to the edge of murderous obsession. Jack Elgin (Irons) is an urbane, highly respected journalist whose life is literally destroyed before his eyes when his wife and daughters perish during a botched terrorist hijacking. Even more shattering, he is forced to watch in disbelief as the perpetrators are caught - and then set free. When his desperate pleas for help are ignored by the police and politicians, Jack comes to the shocking realization that only one person can bring his family's killers to justice. The question is: can he become that person? Co-starring Forest Whitaker (The Crying Game) and Jason Priestly ("Beverly Hills 90210"), The Fourth Angel is an explosive, brilliantly provocative action-thriller with a final twist guaranteed to blow you away!

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Iron Thriller August 21, 2003
Jeremy Irons has played in good and bad movies but his acting is usually quite good. This movie is one of his better roles. He plays a husband and journalist. He loses part of his family when terrorist hijack the plane while they are going to India. He decides to go after the killers when they are released without punishment. He uses the resources of a journalist and some hints from the CIA to track them down. What he doesn't realize is he is being used by the CIA to clean up their involvement. He receives assistance from an FBI agent well played by Forest Whitaker. All in all a very good movie. Not constant action but a good action thriller with excellent production values, sets, music, and direction. If you like movies were an average person takes matters into their own hands to protect their family or to get justice, you will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerizing thriller! August 7, 2006
From time to time, certain films emerge from the quotidian triviality (and this is one of them) to engage us from the first shots, to make we live with those personages the fatalism of his dramatis personae, leaving our accustomed positions of simple spectators.

When an airplane is taken by a group of terrorists, the correspondent stage of control rescue operation will be out of control, and the mess will be reigning and so, the abominable, repudiated and nasty event will concluded with the blood spill of fifteen innocent victims. Among them, three were linked with a magazine editor - his wife and two daughters -. This awful nightmare will become an inexhaustible search of justified punishment around the surviving kidnappers; but when the fine threads of the power have turned in, these kidnappers are set free, due legal artifices.

As you may guess, this abominable state of things are far to remain undamaged, and the long arm of the revenge will begin to grow, reaching levels of cosmic justice.

Vibrant performances of Jeremy Irons and Forrest Whitaker (what a knockout acting!). There is no any possible reason for you to miss this intriguing thriller, one of the most remarkable in years.

A cult movie from its instantaneous release!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good vigilante-revenge action film June 20, 2012
This is a very exciting vigilante-revenge action thriller that is called "The Fourth Angel" because the fourth angel in the biblical book Revelations "scorched men." The wife and two daughters of an English magazine editor are gunned down during a failed rescue attempt by terrorists who were hijacking a plane and demanding ransom. A total of fifteen people are killed, in addition to a man who is not included in the list of the dead. The editor tries to get the English and Americans to "get justice" for the slayings, but not only do they fail to help, the hijackers are allowed to go free. For some inexplicable reason, a CIA operative tells the editor that he will help him find and kill the hijackers. An FBI agent tries to find the hijackers. The CIA and FBI agents are at odds with each other. The editor goes after the hijackers. Viewers will enjoy the action and suspense and will wonder what is going on. Why were the hijackers let go free? Why are the American government agents acting as they are? Why are they in conflict with each other? Why was the man not reported as being killed? Will the editor finally get revenge? Does he act properly?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of the Fourth Horseman February 2, 2014
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Jeremy Irons is journalist Jack Elgin. His wife and two daughters are killed during a failed airline hijack attempt on the way to India. The plane is diverted as part of the hijacking plot to Cyprus. The hijackers demand and get $50 million. They are Serbian mobsters. Left a widower, with only his very young son, Elgin is tortured by the guilt and loss of the rest of his family.

He is encouraged, off the record, by CIA operative, Davidson (Jason Priestley) to track the hijackers down. With the help of an ex-terrorism analyst, Charlotte Rampling, he finds and kills three of them. Forrest Whitaker arrives as an FBI agent assigned to recover the money. He and Priestley are almost straight men for what is definitely a star vehicle for Jeremy Irons.

If you like Jeremy Irons you will like this movie. The script and plot are weak, but his performance is, as usual, unique and nearly flawless. Unlike Liam Neeson in "Taken", Irons' character is not a skilled operative. His portrayal as an unskilled, but determined, avenger is well-played. It is what makes this movie interesting He is the type of bravura performer who can convey feeling and emotion with a look, a glance, a short phrase. That is very fortunate for the viewer since the script is pretty weak.

The backstory throughout the movie is whether the hijacking was motivated by politics or money. That answer to that question provides the twist necessary to make the film acceptable. But make no mistake. Without Jeremy Irons' performance the viewer probably would not care.
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2.0 out of 5 stars gobble, gobble ... baam! July 23, 2014
This film is notable for being the answer to several trivia questions; namely: What is the worst film Jeremy Irons has appeared in? What is the worst performance of Jeremy Irons' career? It is also the answer to: why is appearing in a film w Jason Priestley considered the kiss of death? And also: what film nearly wrecked the great Charlotte Rampling's illustrious career?
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