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Blown Away

4.3 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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Blown Away

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Before he made the man-eating lion thriller The Ghost and the Darkness and the special- effects-laden Lost in Space, director Stephen Hopkins helmed this ludicrous and critically panned thriller pitting a cop on the Boston Police bomb squad (Jeff Bridges) against a mad Irish bomber (Tommy Lee Jones) who's still holding a grudge from their early years in the Irish Republican Army. A showcase for the explosive skills of demolitions experts, Blown Away has got some impressive action sequences, although the story is somewhat convoluted and mean-spirited. Suzy Amis (Titanic) costars as Bridges's endangered girlfriend, who becomes a target of Jones's destructive scheme. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • New Dolby Digital 5.1 sountrack
  • 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes and a revealing look at the making of the movie

Product Details

  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Suzy Amis, Lloyd Bridges, Forest Whitaker
  • Directors: Stephen Hopkins
  • Writers: Jay Roach, Joe Batteer, John Rice
  • Producers: Christian L. Rehr, Dean O'Brien, Jay Roach, Joe Batteer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 1997
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792835727
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blown Away" on IMDb

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I very much enjoyed this film which I consider more of a drama/thriller than a pure action romp. Tommy Lee Jones is very hammy as a sadistic Irish bomber who likes to get things done loudly and violently. Jeff Bridges' Irish accent is terrible but I really enjoyed his character. I consider this one of the few action movies I've seen where I actually care about what happens to the characters and sympathize with their weaknesses. I also appreciate the fact that the movie gives the viewer time to breathe in-between exploding set pieces, (which are all well done). Something isn't going "Boom!" every ten minutes and the violence isn't that bad for an "R" rated movie. Largely an ignored piece of work which is too bad. It deserved better.
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Even though there's only one 1-star review of this movie, I still saw a number of reviews that say that Blown Away has little or no plot and is mainly just action/explosions. Those reviews couldn't be farther from the truth.
Blown Away teaches a valuable lesson: its ok to put a friendship at stake if its for a good cause. When Jeff Bridges left Belfast, Northern Ireland and changed his name, it was after his former friend, played by Tommy Lee Jones, was put away in Castle Gleigh prison in Northern Ireland. It seems unrealistic to see Jones' character ever breaking out AND finding Bridges, but he uses his own talent with building explosive devices to escape prison and he spots Bridges, whose name changes from Liam McGivney to Jimmy Dove on the screen.
Without spoiling anything, Tommy Lee Jones' character, Ryan Gaerity, does kill friends of Jimmy Dove, and the deaths are followed by very well-crafted scenes that seem to convey the emotion, pain and suffering of Bridges very effectively.
Both Jones and Bridges are well-cast and suitable for their roles. They both portray the Irish descent very believably, especially Jones (who, in the same year, 1994, did a pretty bad job of trying to sound southern in the movie "The Client").
I saw this movie for the first time when I was 13, and at that time i wasn't supposed to be watching it because it was rated R, and now, at 20, I still watch it and consider it one of the most underrated movies ever just because critics think that the high presence of explosions takes away from the plot. Its a shame that it didn't get better reviews, but, Tommy Lee Jones went to Harvard to learn how to act, and he sure did a good job in this movie. He won a few awards as best villain, deservedly. Today, movies like "The Matrix," are bringing in millions for not having a plot. Go for "Blown Away." You'll be glad you did.
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Blown Away is an action thriller about a former I.R.A terrorist Ryan Gaerity ( Tommy Lee Jones ) who escapes from a maximum security prison in Ireland with a powerful liquid explosives he made up out of common ingredients who's been serving 25 years for trying to blow up a bomb in a crowded market place , meanwhile in the US Jimmy Dove ( Jeff Bridges ) is defusing bombs for the Boston police department and able to deactivate just about any device put in front of him but hates it and in love with single mum Kate ( Susi Amis ) & daughter Lizzy ( Stephi Lineburg ) so after proposing and marrying Kate decides to retired and takes up a position teaching rookies till Ryan Gaerity sees Jeff Bridges on the news for defusing a bomb , Jimmy Jeff Bridges real name is Liam Mcgivney born in Ireland who used to be friends with Ryan ( Tommy Lee Jones ) in the I.R.A and 25 years ago Jeff Bridges attempted to stop one of Ryan Tommy Lee Jones bombs from exploding in a crowded public market , Ryan Tommy Lee Jones got Caught and Liam Jeff Bridges manage to escape and flee to the US with a new ID alias Jimmy Dove and lives with his uncle Max ( Lloyd Bridges ) now Ryan Gaerity Tommy Lee Jones wants revenge by destroying everything Liam /Jimmy / J, Bridges loves and now Liam must figure out a way to stop Ryan without the knowledge of his fellow police officers and suspicious partner Anthony ( Forest Whitaker ) .

I saw Blown Away when first released on VHS than on DVD & now again on Blu Ray with a pretty good picture and sound , this movie had mixed reviews at the time and what I like about it is the way the devices & bombs were set up to explode by causing maximum damage with some great action , U2's music in some scenes and good acting , released in 1994 / R rated ,121 minutes long and A region locked .
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Tommy Lee Jones is at his insane and malevolent-genius best as Ryan Garrity, an escaped I.R.A. bomber. He has the film's most chilling line, when he calls Jeff Bridges and says "I've come to create a new country called chaos, and a new government called anarchy."
Great special effects, not in the bombs but the close ups of everyday devices we see (?) Garrity use to make his weapons. When the phone is reconnected, or the oven ignited, we know that a huge conflagration will follow. It is fascinating, and among the more gripping scenes of the movie.
Why the "pros' dog this out is beyond me. Neither it nor Jones are wacky. It is more spellbinding that just the reviews suggest.
The music of U-2 makes a great backdrop to the impending action. Forrest Whittaker and Lloyd Bridges make great supporting cast members.
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