| Theres lots of good, standard
action fare on the plate in The Peacemaker. Its the dressing that turns the
taste of the meal a tad tired. George Clooney plays Colonel Tom Devoe, a line officer
acting more like James Bond than a soldier with multiple battle ribbons and command rank.
Nicole Kidman has the impossible chore of giving Dr. Julia Kelly any more credibility than
a Lewinsky in the White House. Kelly is the Nuclear Weapons Analyst who reports a crisis
involving renegade Russian military personnel and nuclear weapons. All hell breaks loose
in The White House and Pentagon and Kelly is called upon to lead the team to investigate
and take any necessary steps to recover the warheads. The military supplies Kelly with
every action filmmakers answer to the Swiss Army knife, a man of determined action,
with a natural way about the ladies.
Director Mimi Leder
does fine work with the action sequences. The opening which involves the hijacking of the
nuclear warheads is scripted and recorded with potent pen and visual power. Leders
camera seems to be in the right place and the cutting maximizes the situation. Thats
really the best of The Peacemaker. Coming out the gate with such force adds extra
pressure on the filmmakers to deliver the goods. Once Kidman is on the scene, you know it
aint gonna happen. The Peacemaker pairs Clooney and Kidman as an unlikely
team. In one preposterous sequence, the not too dynamic duo zip off to Eastern Europe to
find out the whereabouts of the contraband carrying truck. This results in a well-filmed
blistering car chase with Clooney at the wheel and Kidman at the squeal. Several more
action segments fill out the film until the rather ridiculous Manhattan manhunt climaxes
in a "come on already" diffusing of a portable nuclear device.