Well well, after all the shit that Sylvester or Sly Stallone did during the entire 80’s, it was fair to say that Stallone needed a break. He had to find a hit movie or sink into the annals of Hollywood as a has-been. And he did, teaming up with wannabe A-list director Renny Harlin, and took out his comeback. It’s actually a pretty good movie, sure, nothing great, but still somehow worth your time, if you look at it in the sense of entertainment. Lets take a lookSo, Gabe Walker (Stallone) tries to rescue his friends, Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker) and his girlfriend Sarah (Michelle Joyner) in the Rocky Mountains. But then the rescue goes awfully wrong, Gabe tries to save Hal’s girlfriend, but in vain, and she dies. That plunges Gabe down with Hal, and he walks away. Many years later, Gabe returns but to get his longtime girlfriend Jessie (Janine Turner), and as things pass by, over the skies an airplane mid-air heist goes awry and the cases of cash –three of them- get lost over the Rockies, and their plane crashes. So they get a fake emergency call to the rescuers, where Gabe and Hall unfortunately have to team up to get them, only to be kidnapped and forced to guide them towards the cases. Then all hell will break loose as our friends try to fight these terrorists and their evil leader, Eric Qualen (John Lithgow).
"A Decent, Average Stallone Popcorn Flick"
Ok, the good parts. The action scenes were awesome. Of course, Harlin is like the master in doing action films (or at least he pretends to be), and certainly knows his way around, or tries to, with often good results. The film just grabs you and never lets you go. You’ll be entertained for nearly every second that the film plays. The stunts were absolutely great. Sure, the fights get gory from time to time, but it sure delivers that one great. Another excellent thing in the movie was the cinematography, by Alex Thomson. Though it would’ve been better, it was certainly breathtaking in many scenes. The FX were cool, I was really impressed by those.
There was only one thing lacking, a good storyline. The storyline, though it had its moments, it was laughable at some points it was bad. It had some pretty bad plotholes about mountain climbing that was pretty much idiotic. I guess many professional mountain climbers would be pretty pissed at this one. And since the film’s main focus is on mountain climbing, it kills the film’s seriousness in every way. Thanks to this, the rest is reduced to a popcorn film, where the only thing to awe is all the minor details in the film, and not the film’s point itself. Stallone should really start practicing more his writing skills at home, trying to perfection his action formulas, but not onscreen since while it delivers action, the main plotline almost always turns out a total embarrassment.
The performances weren’t as good as I thought. While Sly gives one of his better performances, the rest of the cast is struggling, especially Lithgow, who has a pretty ridiculous accent for a British guy. So are the rest of the terrorists. All around averageIn the end, it’s an average film, sure, it sure brings some adrenaline and fun, but it’s empty in the heart, and really doesn’t give out what it has to get. Lots of clichés and plotholes reduced another potentially good movie into another simple popcorn flick. See at your own risk (2.5-5)
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originally posted: 10/15/01 00:40:39