Broken Arrow (1996)

“Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons? “- Deacons

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 Times (Theater in ’96, cable, 29 May 2001 and 19 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After a group of terrorists try to steal a nuclear missile from a Stealth Bomber, one of the pilots and a Park Ranger try to find a way to stop them.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing when it came out and being quite intrigued as to how they would manage to make Christian Slater an action star.

The story presented here manages to do what it is meant to do and it delivers a fun action film that allows the viewer to check their brain at the door and just enjoy the popcorn movie for what it’s worth.

Slater actually doesn’t work well as the action hero sort and takes away from the realistic nature needed for this to work.

John Travolta is also quite good here besides the fact that he plays his character too over-the-top which makes him loses both believability and credibility.

Samantha Mathis is cute in this film, but her character isn’t given enough to actually do here.

The action scenes and effects are fun to watch and this allows for the viewer to “check” their brain at the door and just enjoy this popcorn film at the expected level for films of this genre.

The fact that John Woo is the director is easily seen due to the somewhat excessive use of slow motion during the various fight scenes.

Bottom Line – Fun action film that is riddled with plot holes. Slater isn’t the best action hero, but he still manages to get things done. Travolta, on the other hand, plays his character too over the top which takes away from part of the believability of his character. Mathis is underused here which is quite a shame. The action scenes and effects are enjoyable, but this film fails to add anything unique to the genre. Woo’s directing skills are quiet apparent in many of the fight scenes because he loves to use slow motion during the various confrontations between the two sides.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 – Samantha Mathis says that kissing ex-boyfriend Christian Slater in this film was “like kissing your brother”.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – The review of this movie on Siskel & Ebert (1986) represents the only time in history where Roger Ebert convinced Gene Siskel to change his mind about his final judgement of a film. Siskel originally gave this movie thumbs-up, but after Ebert gave the movie thumbs-down and explained his reasoning, Siskel decided to change his judgement to thumbs-down. Siskel, on the other hand, had never successfully convinced Ebert to change his mind about a movie during an episode of their show, although Ebert had occasionally changed his own mind in print reviews. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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