Friday, July 30, 2010

90's Action

"THE SPECIALIST" (Luis Llosa; 1994)

Sylvester Stallone, an explosives expert and Sharon Stone, a vengeful daughter, get tangled with the Miami crime scene and the CIA in The Specialist, a moody, slow-burning action-thriller that's not nearly as bad as its reputation.

James Woods and Eric Roberts revel in their villainous threads - the former doing a wonderfully good job at hamming it up in-between ambiguous phone calls, outlandish plot turns and nude shower scenes between Sly and the...err...Stone. Seriously though, its got some really great explosions and Gloria Estefan's "Turn the Beat Around"! [C]

"REVENGE" (Tony Scott; 1990)

Kevin Costner falls in love with Madeleine Stowe in Revenge, the only problem is she's married to Anthony Quinn who is not only a close friend, but a raging asshole with a propensity to overreact.

It's basically The Postman Always Rings Twice if Lana Turner and John Garfield jumped ship, had sex in a moving Jeep and found out that her husband who was flipping burgers in Cali all alone was actually a badass Mexican crime boss.

It's hardly high-art and considering the title, a latter scene might make you scratch your head, but I'll be damned if I wasn't slightly touched or swayed by the second-half of the film, which takes an atmospheric, cool-headed, languid and futile approach to rescue and retribution. Stowe never looked so good. [B-]

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