Tag Archives: Action

The World Is Not Enough

AS THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM THERE IS STILL ONE NUMBER YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON.  James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is assigned to protect an oil tycoon (Sophie Marceau) from competitors who crave control of the world’s oil supply. Number 19 in the series was directed by a man who really knows drama best, … Continue reading The World Is Not Enough

Air Force One

HARRISON FORD IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.  Russian terrorists hijack Air Force One and demand the release of their imprisoned leader but don’t reckon with the president’s (Harrison Ford) will to survive. OK, so director Wolfgang Petersen’s movie tends to get patriotic in a slightly smothering way, the president is too good to be … Continue reading Air Force One

The Last Castle

A CASTLE CAN ONLY HAVE ONE KING. Three-star general Eugene Irwin (Robert Redford) is sentenced to ten years in prison and becomes uptight warden Winter’s (James Gandolfini) nightmare. I guess it’s hard to avoid the clichés when you’re making another movie about the big house, even if it is a military prison. Redford is good … Continue reading The Last Castle

The Sum of All Fears

27,000 NUCLEAR WEAPONS. ONE IS MISSING. Roughly a year after the terrorist attacks that pulverized the Twin Towers came the first movie that dared show a similar event, with a story that had European neo-fascists plotting to blow a nuclear bomb in Baltimore and make it look like the Russians did it. Not always credible, … Continue reading The Sum of All Fears

Rambo: First Blood Part II

NO MAN, NO LAW, NO WAR CAN STOP HIM. Troubled Vietnam vet Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is released from prison and goes to Cambodia in search of POW’s left behind after the war. The sequel to First Blood (1982) is embarrassing when it comes to politics. Fair action sequences keep it lively throughout but the film’s outright stupidity is … Continue reading Rambo: First Blood Part II

Mission: Impossible II

EXPECT THE IMPOSSIBLE AGAIN. A thief (Thandie Newton) infiltrates renegade agent Sean Ambrose’s (Dougray Scott) home; Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) mission is to prevent Ambrose’s lethal virus from spreading all over the world. Robert Towne may have had a homage in mind (a nicer way of saying that he steals), because the screenplay of this sequel … Continue reading Mission: Impossible II

Enemy of the State

IT’S NOT PARANOIA IF THEY’RE REALLY AFTER YOU.    Director Tony Scott’s films rarely have much substance to offer, but in this thriller he has found something that fits his grand style like a glove. It is a paranoid story with plenty of pizzazz, starring a likeable Will Smith as an attorney who is hunted … Continue reading Enemy of the State