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.
Ford vs. Pitt turns out
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
Home Theater Reference System
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Projectors stacked, Faroudja LD100 Line Doubler, Lexicon DC1 Surround Processor/Switcher,
2 Pioneeer Elite CLD-97 Laser Disc Players with AC-3 Modification, Sony 7000 DVD Player,
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Amp, Sunfire 2 Channel Amp, Lexicon RF Demodulator, Lexicon T-500 System Remote Control,
Speaker Wire and Interconnects by Straight Wire.
The American Widescreen Museum
The wealth of information about widescreen movies is presented in a intelligent and
easy to understand interface. Color in movies is given a similar treatment.
Robert Harris is part
of the dynamic duo that restored Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, My Fair Lady and Vertigo.
Harris rides a white horse into the battle to preserve our film legacy. Click on the
image to read more.
Check out the Movie Poster Archive
for short bios and images of Susan Hayward, Kirk Douglas, Katharine Hepburn and many more.
This month's featured star is John Wayne. The Feature Archive has articles
ranging from Akira
Kurosawa to Blonde
Bimbos and John
Click on the image of The Heistmasters
for an interesting feature on the tough guys that pull off the big jobs.