Number of Times Seen – Twice (28 Nov 1999 and 24 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A corrupt police officer witnesses an assassination attempt during a boxing match and tries to uncover the truth.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing on video not long after it came out and never wanted to revisit it because I always believed that they reveal key parts of the plot too early.
I figured that two decades was plenty of time to get a new perspective on things and decided to rewatch it.
Boy am I glad that I did so because I enjoyed it much more this time around.
The film works quite well due to the way that the story unfolds in an interesting manner.
They wisely use the Rashoman effect very effectively in showing various perspectives on the story that enhances things so much.
This helps make things stay very thrilling and enjoyable throughout.
The cats is great and both Nicholas Cage and Gary Sinese are perfectly cats in their roles which never stay as predictable as one might expect.
These characters help keep the story moving along at a great pace throughout and it always stays intriguing due to the various twists and turns along the way.
Yes, there are some aspects of the plot which are quite far fetched, but they do find ways to keep things thrilling and suspenseful due to some very clever plot points along the way.
Bottom Line – Great thriller that works really well due to the way that the story unfolds. The Rashoman effects helps enhance the story and even though they reveal certain key elements of the plot too early, things still stay quite thrilling and enjoyable throughout. Great cast led by Cage and Sinese who help keep things moving along at a great pace. Certain aspects of the plot are a bit far fetched, but they still find ways to keep things interesting from start to finish due to some very clever methods. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The opening 20 minute Steadicam sequence is not really one continuous shot – there are numerous hidden edits. At least 12 minutes of the sequence was done in one take. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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