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It's a solid well made small budget film that's better then most action films as of late
Production Companies: Orion Pictures and Dodi Fayed - Jack Wiener along with a Budget: $10,000,000
and Director Robert Mandel you get F/X
The Cast is very good:
Bryan Brown ( 'Rollie' Tyler) he's somewhat of a forgotten Australian actor he's extremely good in this role I could do without the scene with him in his tighty whities packing a major bulge though!
Brian Dennehy (Lt. Leo McCarthy) Dennehy is awesome in this film he is such a great actor
Diane Venora (Ellen Keith) I really liked her performance i wish they didn't kill her off in such a tragic way
Cliff De Young (Martin Lipton) You have the dad from Disney's Flight of the Navigator being a very shady "bad" guy
it's a bit off putting but, it's a slick performance until he up and disappears from the film
Mason Adams (Col.Read more ›
The always underrated australian actor, Bryan Brown, plays Rollie -- an independent special effects artist who specializes in creating gore effects for cheap horror and action films. Indeed, when we first meet him, he is working on a film that bares a hilarious resemblance to Brian DePalma's Scarface which, whatever its qualities, is most definitely represenative of the type of film that F/X strives not to become. Brown is recruited by an uptight but reassuringly paternal federal agent (Mason Adams) to help fake the death of a mobster (Jerry Orbach) about to go into the federal witness protection program. Once Brown agrees to help, he finds himself being targeted and pursued by mysterious killers who might be the government, might be the mob, or might be something else.
The film's main selling point is that, in order to protect his own life and clear his name once the police become convinced that he's a murderer, Brown is forced to rely on his expertise in hollywood special effects. While that certainly is true, it also makes the film sound a lot more gimmicky than it actually is. As opposed to its sequel, F/X never allows itself to become reliant solely on that gimmick.Read more ›
This is a promising plot as the viewer cannot guess what he is really doing either, until after a spectacular coup that is also funny. Now, this was in danger of seeming silly, particularly in that nothing goes wrong but goes according to plan, so the producers got absolutely first rate actors to get the viewer to believe them, and for the time I watched the film, believe them I did, especially with the anger that both the f/x impresario and the cop feel. And in the end only the cop figures out how the f/x guy is operating, adding a wonderful twist. It is truly masterful suspense and the pace and surprises come so fast that you don't have time to doubt them. It is great movie-making, like a film noire, to be enjoyed and not picked apart too much.
Seeing this for the second time, it worked admirably well.Read more ›
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F/X for a low budget action film this story is still very entertaining to watch 30 years later
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I love this movie!! I've seen it a dozen times and I still enjoy it. I finally bought the darn thing! It's such a FUN film and just clever. It's got a great fast pace to it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Suzy Ditte
If you like effects you will like the ones in this movie. Great concepts.Published 7 months ago by Terry M. Wickre