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Cimino's forte has always been action, and the film benefits greatly from the famous synergy between the director and Rourke (remember the great Year of The Dragon from the early 80's?). There isn't a wasted frame in this picture, and Cimino puts just the right touches on this updated effort (Kelly Lynch as the steely blonde fembot attorney who collapses into jello in the face of Rourke's malignant sensuality; Rodgers/Hopkins in typical 90's marriage-on-the-rocks; Smith as the sullen teen who disses EVERYone in authority, even the conscienceless killers holding her hostage). David Morse and Elias Koteas tread a fine line in their performances as well, resisting the temptation to descend into Abbott-and-Costello farce as the two accomplices of borderline intellect.
Although Cimino has had his share of failed experiments (who can forget Heaven's Gate?), he more than delivers the goods in this film.
The plot: Mickey Rourke in the role he was born to play stars as a brilliant armed robber who escapes from prison with the help of his beautiful girlfriend and attorney Kelly Lynch.
Rourke reunites with his henchmen whom are not as smart as the Three Stooges. Together they head for the suburbs of Utah and hold the state's only nuclear family, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers and their two kids hostage in their mansion.
FBI agent Lindsey Crouse is hot on their trail with an army of cops to take Rourke down without harming the Hopkins family.
Why it works. As I said Rourke truly gives the performance of his career and a hansom devil psycho. Hopkins and Rogers also work especially Rogers as the house wife next door. We really hate Rourke and we really love the family.
The production quality is also very high. From costume design to photography to editing, to the score which is reminiscent of the 1940s noir thrillers on which the film was based. The production quality really is good enough to make the whole film worth while.
The big flaw the film makers have to overcome is WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? Why is the now freed Rourke only exposing himself of more heat be kidnapping the family. While his stated motive is because he is waiting to reunite with Kelly Lynch, a far better idea would be to hide out unseen. Secondly why is Lynch leading to police right to Rourke's front door? Shouldn't she be hiding too? And if Rourke is so psychotically evil why does he not physically harm the family?
That's the annoying thing. There are many lapses in logic. 1.Read more ›
The whole point of the film, as any film, is to entertain. This effort delivers what it promises...a taut, tense drama, that entertains.
No one liked this film because Hollywood NEVER forgives Michael Cimino, and they successfully "buried" him with this film, and the public bought it, as these reviews here show.
It's our loss, but at least we have this DVD.
A man is being tried in court, his is disruptive. He grabs a pistol from a Marshal to escape. He takes his lawyer Nancy with him. Then he runs to a waiting car to make a getaway. Elsewhere a man returns home from work and talks to his wife about their family. Will they break-up and sell their large home? The gang switches cars and hides the getaway car. The police release that lawyer. The gang drives through an expensive neighborhood to select a home to break in. They want the keys to their station wagon. "Trust me" he says. They search the house for money and jewelry. Michael wants Nora to make a telephone call to Nancy. One robber finds a pistol on top of a tall dresser. The husband returns home to find a surprise! "Why my house?" The son returns home to play a video game.
"No guns" says Nora. Tim talks to the leader. They watch the news. Michael talks to Wally. Lawyer Nancy gets the message. The plumber rings, he is sent away with a check. Michael keeps control of things, he has the pistol. Tim receives a knife wound. That lawyer is followed, she uses a pay telephone. The police will retrieve that last number. Zack falls off the roof. The Real Estate man visits and finds bad luck. Albert uses that found gun, he wants to leave alone. He takes the Mercedes-Benz and drives off. Tim is sent to get $10,000 from his bank. There is a penalty for cancelling a CD before maturity. Tim doesn't count his cash! Tim returns home and gives the cash to Michael. The police get a report about a lone man at a country gas station. Albert runs and hides. Will he surrender peacefully? [The smart thing to do.] His pistol is traced to the Cornells. Later Nancy calls Michael to get his address. "Its almost over." The police offer a deal to Nancy.Read more ›
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An excellent remake of the original with some story changes to make it interesting.Published 7 months ago by Benjamin D. Bennett
Mickey Rourke is fabulous,this is better than the original version I think.Published 13 months ago by Carole Kasson
I watched this movie a few times when it was first released, but hadn't seen it in years. I was just as enthralled with it this weekend, when I viewed it again. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Laurel-Rain Snow
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