Being that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.
The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)
Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.
Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists
For my review this week, here are my thoughts on…..
“Tiananmen Square boiled down to one man standing in front of a tank, that couldn’t move or shoot, because human dignity was stronger than steel or bullets. It changed a nation. ” – Joe
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Nov 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A gunman takes a woman hostage in retaliation for the death of his teenage daughter.
My Take on it – This is yet another example of a movie with a good premise that is wasted because they drag it out too much.
Wesley Snipes and Linda Fiorentino are both good here, but the script doesn’t let either of them shine at all.
The plot would have been much better had it been slimmed down to maybe 40 minutes instead of the 90 minutes it occupies.
The political issues brought up in conversation here really could have started a great debate on issues like gun control, safety and abuse of congressional power, but the ideas are snuffed out too quickly here leaving us with a lot of unnecessary dialogue that doesn’t do much to move the story along.
I liked the duel meaning of the title. 🙂
There’s a reason that movies like this are released straight to video.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that unravels too quickly. The plot rambles on a bit and what could have been a good 40 min movie is a mediocre 90 minute one. Snipes and Fiorentino both do an average job here. The political debate that this movie could have sparked are brought up correctly, but lose their poignancy too quickly when the topics change to more banal chatter.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Film premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 18, 2002, originally planned to have a worldwide theatrical release, but due to the film’s critical reception it was released direct-to-video in 2003. (Via Wikipedia)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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