Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Theater in ’89, cable, video, DVD, 24 Aug 2000, 20 Nov 2014 and 22 Oct 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A career army sergeant gets in over his head when a prisoner he is meant to deliver to Washington disappears along the way.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it in the theater 31 years ago.
I have always been a fan of conspiracy theory stories and this one is so enjoyable to watch unfold.
The story is quite thrilling and works so well as things evolve in directions that one doesn’t necessarily expect.
The cast is superb and both Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones are perfectly cast in these roles because they make things seem so realistic.
The film’s supporting cast is also great and they are able to enhance the story so much.
Dennis Franz stands out as a detective trying to help Hackman in his dilemma.
The twists and turns of the story are quite compelling and helps make things so much more suspenseful and thrilling as things move along.
The film has a great score by James Newton Howard that adds so many thrilling elements to the feel of the story.
Listen to it here:
The suspense level of the film is cleverly raised more and more as the story unfolds which is so helpful in making things so much more entertaining to watch.
This story was quite timely when it came out due to the way it deals with the end of the Cold War and how certain clandestine government officials would have such a hard time with the new changes in the future.
Bottom Line – Amazing thriller that works so well due to the way that the conspiracy theory evolves over the course of the film. Hackman and Jones are both superb in the lead roles. The supporting cast is great and they add so much to the way this story unfolds. The film is filled with some amazing twists and turns that help things stay so thrilling and suspenseful throughout. The musical score helps add to the suspenseful aspects of the story really well. The story came out at the perfect time since it deals with the fall of communism and the fears of clandestine government officials about the future. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kris Kristofferson campaigned hard to get the role of Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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