In Her Line of Fire
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The film's contrived story doesn't bother us much because actions start almost immediately after the plane crush. Not many people, even the guerrillas in the jungle, would shoot an unarmed person as the film depicts, but anyway the film is only trying to do what it is supposed to do.
The actions of the film are not bad, just OK with several familiar set-pieces. At first sight the actions of the film look like those made in the 80s, like Stallone's "Cobra" or Schwartzenegger's "Commando," but they are done with much less ammunition or humor here. Moreover, explosions are substituted by special effects, which most action film fans would find disappointing.
The film's strength is Mariel Hemingway's strong acting. Her relation with a surviving journalist played by Jill Bennett is among the most interesting aspects of the film because of the suggested lesbian theme, but the film does not seem to develop the intriguing subplot much. (Or I may have missed the point.) Anyway, otherwise this is a typical B action film with a standard action plot that is made for action film fans.
"In Her Line of Fire" is not a terrible film as you might believe, thanks to the presence of Mariel Hemingway and her character. Still it is also true that she is the only reason I give three stars which this film itself may not deserve.
The issues at the very beginning are: 1. Too Few Secret Service on the Vice Presidents plane. 2. Private planes, including those of the Potus and VPotus have normal seating for turbulance and take-offs and landings. People wouldn't just sit around a conference table trying to hang on. 3. Planes that land in the water must do a nose up crash landing attempt. Nose down would result in the plane tumbling and breaking apart. (See the Landing on the Hudson videos for examples of a well executed water landing). 4: Planes do not sink immediately upon a water landing, especially ones that have the fuselage intact. (Again, see the Landing on the Hudson for an example).
Hemmingway and Bennet manage to to be convincing in their roles, despite the issues with those mentioned above and the overall fact that this is certainly not at the quality of Air Force One. There are two scenes where Hemmingway and Bennet kiss, and the tension between them is done well although not by any means is it palpable.
Hemmingway is still hot as hell and Bennet looks almost like a baby lez compared to her, but it isn't an unrealistic pairing considering the movie isn't a "Lez Flick", I do like that the background attraction (not the main plot) is 2 women. It is nice to see this in a movie where their relationship isn't the focus of the movie, nor is it angst between the 2 characters. A welcome change.Read more ›
Mariel Hemingway could still turn heads and interrupt conversations just by walking in the room and Jill Bennett would get more than her wanted fair share of female attention!
I reckon that it was the hope of the cast and crew that their audience would leave all sense of rationality and believability behind when they pushed the 'play' button on their DVD players. I wasn't expecting Academy Award performances and so found myself pleased with my purchase and a welcome addition to my 'collection'.
One question I found myself asking throughout the film... Why was Jill Bennett wearing a nice bright 'shoot-me-if-you-can' RED shirt when all the other characters were suitably attired in camouflage gear?!? Again, leave your sense of rationality behind.
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So terribly cheesy! Would have thought it was originally filmed in the early 90s. Lol. I'm assuming that was on purpose, for nostalgic reasons...Published 3 months ago by T. O. Bennett
To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I have enjoyed Mariel Hemingway's acting in every other movie I've seen her in, but even her acting was poor in this terrible... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J E Wong
Good to see an action film with a female lead....nice change. I think Mariel Hemingway is a great actor...loved her in Personal Best.Published 10 months ago by eliz