Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in ’91 and 25 Jan 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A District Attorney and his family is terrorized by an escaped criminal who he arrested years earlier.
My Take on it – I saw this years ago in the theater and was so unimpressed with it that it took me nearly 25 years to revisit it.
This still remains just an average crime thriller and hasn’t aged well at all.
John Lithgow plays the bad guy too over the top and it actually loses a lot of his effectiveness due to this.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Denzel Washington and his performance here isn’t anything great either.
The were actually two things I did like here tho:
- The use of a character from Die Hard (1988) * see trivia below
- The inventive ways used by the bad guy to enact revenge on Washington. Some are predictable, but some are pure genius 🙂
Bottom Line – Very average crime thriller. Lithgow is too over the top here to be effective. Washington is ok here. Really enjoyed the inventive ways chosen to seek revenge.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mary Ellen Trainor played reporter Gail Wallens, a character she also played in Die Hard (1988). (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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