Devil's Own/C+,B+

Columbia/1997/111m/ANA 2.35,PS 1.33


     Harrison Ford plays a straight-arrow cop and Brad Pitt is an IRA terrorist rooming with Ford's family while he prepares to purchase some nuclear warheads to float over to Ireland aboard one very rusty vessel. Ford's cop story and Pitt's terrorist story evolve separately until they inevitably intersect with painful and dire results for both men. It actually sounds better than it is. It's difficult to become involved with either of the characters due to the watered down story-telling. The action does not even build properly toward the ultimate confrontation between the two stars. It's like getting a puzzle where all the pieces don't match.
     Some elements of the film play better than others. The pitched IRA battle opening is well crafted and exciting, making the rest of the movie a decided let-down. The sub-plot dealing with the purchase and delivery of the missiles is poorly written and laughable played out. Ford and Pitt are sturdy in their respective roles. The presence of Ruben Blades is always a pleasure and Treat Williams has some tough lines to deliver as the arms purveyor.

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Ford vs. Pitt turns out flat.©Columbia Tristar

    This is not an especially exciting looking DVD. It's well done but rather mundane just like the material. Some scenes are slightly grainy, but colors are accurate and the transfer is sharp without enhancement artifacts
































































































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