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No, Val Kilmer's Simon Templar is not the same as Roger Moore's. but this isn't really such a bad thing. The movie is a really nice, underrated spy thriller. It's got action, romance, exotic locals, love-to-hate-em villains, a likeable hero, and a plot that doesn't strain suspension of disbelief too far. What more do you want in a popcorn movie?
I'll admit, if you're a real fan of the series or the books it might have been nice to have a movie that reflects the original a little more faithfully. But it might be well to recognize that the series was not without its faults as well. For one thing, it always bothered my about the series that Simon Templar is an unadulterated good guy, who never, ever does anything really criminal or base or rotten, yet everywhere he goes, the local authorities are watching him like hawks, as though he is some kind of arch criminal.
I'm also rather thrown for a loop that some of the reviewers here blast the movie for being unbelievable, and then decry Val Kilmer's Simon Templar because he's not like the "real" Saint. True, this version is not all that faithful to the spirit of Leslie Charteris' character, but that Saint was a freelance, adventuring do-gooder, a man who read the papers eager to find a cause to involve himself in. His moral code was strong, and his motives were also pure: he would never hurt, steal from, or kill anyone who doesn't completely deserve it.Read more ›
The acting was great. Val Kilmar once again proves that he is one of the most multi-dimensional actors of our time. Just think of all the different TYPES of roles that he's played in movies over the years. In The Saint, he gets to assume even more roles with his constant disguise changes and varying voice inflections. Elizabeth Shue was great as well. Her character was both smart and a little out of it, and I guess if I were designing a genius character for a movie, it would be like that: smart in their field, but a little out of touch with the world. The bad guys also did a great job.
The story is fun and exciting, a little unbelievable, but hey, that's why we go see movies, right? There's gadgets, humor, suspense, romance...it's all here. The Saint had all the makings of a classic.
Fans of the TV series will get a kick out of Roger Moore being the radio voice at the end. I feel that overall the makers of the movie did an admirable job of taking the Saint story and fitting it into the 1990's while staying true to the original idea.
GREAT movie. Bravo!
Long story: Yes, it may be a weak throwback to the notorious Saint comics and all that. So what. The movie is modern, stylish and always keeps you on the edge with its elaborate pseudo-politics, intriguing ideas and rehashed romantic mishmash.
Whenever it starts to drag Kilmer turns up in a new disguise and that alone carries the film through to its next thrill. Not to mention that the chemistry between Shue and Kilmer is hot enough to sizzle a steak.
Add to that mix a high-octane Prodigy-induced sountrack and you've got a fun flick with an exciting roulette of action and suspense.
Highly recommended rental.
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This movie is hilarious, but not because it is supposed to be. It is hilariously cheesy! It actually starts great. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Thelma Lou
The acting isn't the best at times but I love the story line. It's a great movie and even my kids really enjoyed it.Published 9 days ago by Loriann Freeman
I have watched this movie many times since it first came out in the 90's. I used to own it on VHS. It never disappoints! Read morePublished 1 month ago by madster07
I have nostalgia for this movie which makes its great for me. If you haven't seen this movie yet, I recommend it. It's one of those off brand bond movies from the 90's. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Horchreder
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