Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Theater in ’92, cable, 24 Aug 2008 and 19 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A young couple befriend a tough policeman following a break in at their house but soon realize that he is not what he seems to be.
My Take on it – This is a film that came out in the early 90’s and was part of a series of films that revolved around psychotic characters who befriend a young couple.
The story as presented here is quite cheesy yet still fits in well with the genre largely due to the amazing performance by Ray Liotta as the psychotic cop.
He is able to play this character so perfectly since he manages to play the role to both extremes.
He can be a nice guy or the crazy guy and hos character can transition between the two almost seamlessly.
Kurt Russell is fine in the lead role here, but doesn’t manage to do anything truly unique besides getting pissed off at everything.
Unfortunately he and his onscreen wife Madeline Stowe have terrible chemistry together and it’s quite difficult to actually believe that these characters could actually be in a real and loving relationship.
The story actually begins well and then proceeds to get derailed along the way.
It then continues to spiral out of control until it crashes and burns at the conclusion since it leave so much open at the conclusion which begs to ask so many more questions that are left unanswered.
This has always been the film that I think of whenever I think about what happens after the credits roll because this movie leaves things in a way where it’s baffling as to what could happen next.
The music by Horner is fine here and allows us to get the feeling of suspense even if the story itself doesn;t manage to give us that feeling.
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Bottom Line – Cheesy yet fun psychological thriller that was part of the norm at the time. Liotta is quite psychotic in his role and is able to play his character as both nice and nasty without problems of transitioning between the two. Russell is fine in the lead, but he and Stowe don’t have any real chemistry that would make us believe their relationship. The story starts off fin,e but gets derailed along the way and ends up spiraling out of control to a conclusion that leaves too much completely open and unanswered. Horner does a fine job with the score that helps evoke feelings of suspense that the film itself fails to give us.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For his portrayal of a psychopathic cop, Ray Liotta got nominated for an MTV Movie Award in 1993 for Best Actor for this movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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