Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Aug 2017)
Brief Synopsis – As a serial killer stalks the city, a tough on crime cop is assigned to protect the only witness to the crime.
My Take on it – This is another film from the 80’s that I had seen bits and pieces of over the years but never really had a chance to see it in its entirety.
In the 80’s, Sylvester Stallone was a hot commodity and due to his popularity over the years, he was basically given free range in making any films he wanted.
He wrote this film and some claim that he was the true director of everything that eventually made it onto the screen.
This is far from being among his best roles and I’m sure that if this film had starred just about anyone else, it wouldn’t have been as popular with Sly at the helm.
The action in the film is quite fun yet the story itself is quite convoluted and off-kilter yet is really filled with so many holes.
The fact that it really has the aura and vibe of the 80’s is what helps it remain a bit nostalgic.
What surprises me the most is the idea that many of the aspects of this film were supposedly intended for the Stallone version of Beverly Hills Cop back when it was meant as a star vehicle for him.
That really would have changed the tone of the Ediie MUrphy film and would have made things too dark.
Knowing this makes me quite happy that they ended up going with Murphy over Stallone in the end.
Bottom Line – Stallone is ok here. This isn’t one of his best roles. The action is fun and this film has a great aura of the 80’s around it but that doesn’t help the fact that the story itself is a bit off-kilter. If this had starred anyone else at the time, this film wouldn’t probably have been seen at all. I’m a bit surprised that this film supposedly has many of the aspects intended for Beverly Hills Cop into it when that was meant as a star vehicle for Stallone becaus ethat really would have changed the tone of that film so much.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At one point during filming Sylvester Stallone complained to cinematographer Ric Waite that they were falling behind and that he and his crew needed to work harder. Waite responded by saying that maybe if Stallone “gets his hands off Brigitte Nielsen ass and stops showing off to his bodyguards maybe they wouldn’t have problems with time”. Although Stallone was shocked that somebody would talk to him that way he did tone down his ego but after a few weeks he returned to his old egotistical behavior. In the same interview where he mentioned this, Waite also said that despite his huge ego Stallone had a great sense of humor. He also confirmed a rumor that Stallone was the true director of the film, calling credited director George P. Cosmatos a good producer, but a bad director. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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