Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’92 and 12 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck high school dropout tries to find his pah in life and turns to his policeman brother for help who in turn offers him to opportunity to become a policeman just like him.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when it came out 27 years ago and have avoided rewatching ever since due the fact that I did’t recall it being any good.
Boy, was I right.
This is a movie with a pretty silly and paper thin plot that doesn’t work at all since it is presented really poorly.
Christian Slater is fine in the lead yet it’s quite hard to take his character seriously because the tone is trying too much to be an action comedy despite things not being very funny.
The characters are all very under developed and they all seem like stereotypes which makes it even more difficult to care about any of them or what will happen.
The villains are all very one dimensional and lack any kind of menacing or threatening appeal to them along with feeling quite uninteresting to watch.
The best part of this film is the use of Bruce Boxleitner in a small yet significant part, but even that isn’t enough to make this film enjoyable.
Bottom Line – Somewhat silly premise that doesn’t work well enough because it is all presented in a strange way. Slater is fine in the lead but it’s so hard to take him and the story seriously largely due to the tone of the film. The characters all seem very stereotypical and none of them are developed well enough for us to care about what will happen. The bad guys are all one dimensional which makes them uninteresting to watch and more importantly not menacing or threatening at all. The brightest spot in this film is Boxleitner, but he isn’t utilized enough.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The script was written specifically for Christian Slater in mind for the title role. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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