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Time is running out for Dexter Cornell (Dennis Quaid - Footloose, Soul Surfer,GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra). He has just 24 hours to unravel the bitter truth surrounding his own poisoning. In his desperate search, everyone's a suspect, even the woman who loves him (Meg Ryan - Kate & Leopold, You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle). Directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, creators of superstar "Max Headroom," D.O.A. pulsates with explosive action and sizzling performances by Quaid and Ryan, two people who find themselves suddenly living on the edge. It's a night on the run, filled with fear, danger...and passion.
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This DOA is just different enough to make it interesting to watch. Yes in places this updated version of DOA drags almost to the point where I got bored. There are more than a music club scenesin DOA that seem to be thrown in just to get lots of use the club set. The music is loud but nothing special. This revamped DOA is more of a who done it and valid suspects are plentiful. The characters are well acted an interesting. The oiriginal DOA did a far better job of telling you time was of the essence. This DOA uses a contemporary theme of a cheating wife, questionable associates and scheming students to create a web of suspects the main character must weed through.
The vetting process is funniest when the dying guy throws a suspect onto his dinner table climbs up tino the mans face to accuse him of bing his murderer. The part where he superglues a lady to himself and drags her hither and yonder is the weakest plot point. The student taking a swan dive off the roof of what was a very ugly building wins a prize. The main character getting sick to as he looks out of an ugly window of an even uglier building while in mid vritigo effect was a memorable scene. I enjoyed this version of DOA a LOT in its own right because the culprit was reveal to be a true PSYCHO! No I won't spoil the ending for you here but the ending to this version of DOA was beautiful, just freakin beautiful.
Sure movie purists will tell you the original DOA is the best and this updated is a dud and in pure atmospherics and story telling they are likely right. I counter that this new DOA does not really bare comparing with the classic old DOA because; they are two different creatures in almost every way. In this updated DOA the killer is just plain nuts but in a very realistic shallow stupid year 2014 way. The killer in this DOA is actually vapid a word I rarely get a chance to use in context. Vapid describes this DOA version killer as a person utterly devoid of any spark of creativity to call their own. This DOA became my all time favorite because it stirred such strong mixed emotions in me as it ended. I laughed, I cried, I thought, I was perplexedand finally I summed up my experience watching this version of DOA by just saying WOW!
Is this DOA better than the classic version my answer is no but not for the reason you might think. The method of murder using the luminous toxin is the same but almost everything else is different in ways that make easy comparrison difficult \ meaningless. This DOA update stands on its own as a who done it that is at once very funny weird and serious. For the pittence they are asking for this DOA remake, I must rate this five stars. I have paid far more than this asking price for movies nowhere near this good!
I knew who did it cause I'd seen it before, but wanted it for my own so I could see it whenever I wanted to see it again. It was made, I think when Quaid and Ryan were married and their chemistry on screen is terrific in a terrific story remade from an even better earlier film from the 40's, I understand. Others have written better reviews than I can.
1. Great plot and great quotes like... "Publish or perish...."
2. Meg Ryan looked so nice in this movie
3. Keeps you wondering what will happen next