“Love gives you wings. It makes you fly. I don’t even call it love. I call it Geronimo. When you’re in love, you’ll jump right from the top of the Empire State and you won’t care, screaming “Geronimo” the whole way down. I love her so bad, I just… whoa, she wrecks me. I’d die for her. ” – Jerry
Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in ’97, video, 16 Sep 2000, DVD and 2 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A New York City taxi driver who is convinced that everything is a conspiracy tries to protect a city attorney who’s father was recently murdered when he realizes that one of his theories may actually be correct.
My Take on it – Being a fan of conspiracy theories, I’ve always really enjoyed this film.
Obviously, the main characters is paranoid about lots and lots of things ()in excess), but that’s understandable when you find out why.
The pairing of Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts is an interesting one that most people wouldn’t think could work, but it is quite effective here having them onscreen together because his wackiness and her straight as an arrow demeanor compliment one another.
Patrick Stewart is great here because he was cast in the kind of role that is very different from what we are used to.
The plot itself is a bit convoluted, but it’s so much fun to watch due to the energy and passion of the characters are things move along.
Parts of this film are quite strange and “out there”, but that’s part of what makes this film fun and endearing.
The score of the film by Carter Burwell helps move things along at a great pace and helps keep things interesting no matter how wacky things seem to get.
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Bottom Line – Gibson and Roberts are fun together because his wackiness compliments her straight as an arrow character. Great to see Stewart in a different kind of role. The plot is very convoluted but still lots of fun for conspiracy theory enthusiasts like me. Much of this is way out there but that’s why the story is so engaging and appealing to watch. Great score by Burwell. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to director Richard Donner, Mel Gibson improvised the opening scenes in which his character expounds his conspiracy theories to a succession of passengers. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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