Shining Through (1992)


“What’s a war for, if not to hold on to what we love?” – Linda

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’92 and 2 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young Jewish women living in New York goes undercover in Germany during World War II to gather information for the Allied forces.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recalled seeing back when it came out in the theater in 1992.

I didn’t recall much about this film besides the fact that it starred both Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas.

Upon rewatching this, I was extremely shocked at how bad it was despite the fact that it features both of these great actors plus Liam Neeson.

The story was terribly strewn together and doesn’t really make that much sense.

It actually really hard to imagine such a plot working because it seems so far fetched and unbelievable as presented here.

None of the characters are interesting to watch and there isn’t much of a reason to care about any of them or what would happen to them along the way.

The ploy to have an American agent who doesn’t want to be found out have a card saying he isn’t able to speak is actually quite clever and I also liked the way they explain how to get the viewer to believe that the characters are all supposedly speaking German yet we hear them in English.

I really enjoy spy movies, but this one really had nothing to offer and was not entertaining at all.

I’m not surprised at all that this film won the Award for the worst film of the year for both The Razzie Awards and for the Hastings Bad Cinema Society.

Bottom Line – Terrible spy film that doesn’t work even with the three stars attached to it.  The way the story plays out is too unrealistic and it’s really hard to imagine such a story working as presented. None of the characters are very interesting to watch and even as a WWII spy movie, this film just isn’t entertaining in the least.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A five hundred thousand dollar building was erected in Berlin, to be blown up during an action scene. No cameras were rolling when it blew up. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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