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U.S. Marshals (Special Edition)
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Ladies and gentlemen, be alert. We are going to initiate a hard-target search for a fugitive in an ever-widening perimeter. We will wade through swamps, prowl Manhattan streets, search every house and doghouse. We'll eat on the run, sleep tomorrow, watch our backs. And since Marshal Sam Gerard leads the hunt, we will experience suspense, action and daring twists every breathless step of the way. Returning to his Oscar-winning role from The Fugitive, Tommy Lee Jones is Gerard, joining an A-team including Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr. and director Stuart Baird. (Executive Decision) to deliver adrenaline-rush excitement. The suspect: armed, extremely dangerous, perhaps linked to a spy ring. The chase: highlighted by an out-of-control 727, a death match in a ship's cargo hold, a 12-story plunge onto a moving train and more heart-pounding sequences. The movie: U.S. Marshals.
An ultimately futile attempt to make lightning strike twice, this so-called spinoff from 1993's blockbuster The Fugitive avoids the label of "sequel" by forging ahead without the first film's star, Harrison Ford. The idea is to showcase the return of Tommy Lee Jones in his Oscar-winning role as tenacious U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard, this time testing his mettle against a covert government operative (Wesley Snipes) accused of murdering two secret service attachés. Unfortunately, Jones and the entire cast have been trapped in a rambling plot, and the underdog status that made Ford such a compelling hero is sacrificed to an evenly matched and eventually tiresome game of cat and mouse, with a villain whose identity is far too predictable. With no dramatic buildup and several superfluous characters to distract its focus, the film's momentum plays out like a rote exercise compared to the high stakes of the earlier film. --Jeff Shannon
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as a stand alone film.this time around the U.S Marshals are led once
again by Chief Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard.(Tommy Lee Jones)but this
time they are chasing a much more dangerous prey,a robber and
murderer.but not just any murderer.this guy has some special
skills.Wesley Snipes plays the hunted this time around.Robert Downey Jr
plays a special agent assigned to assist Gerard and his team apprehend
the killer.Kate Nelligan plays Gerard's boss,and while she has little
more than a cameo,she really impressed me.she has some great screen
presence.Jones is also very good,as always and Downey adds some sleaze
to the proceedings(that's a good thing).Snipes is outstanding as the
pursued.as for the movie itself,the story is deeper and more
developed.there is quite a bit going on here.there's much more intrigue
and plot twists than in "The Fugitive".i also like that there is some
close quarter hand to hand combat in this movie,which "The Fugitive
didn't' have. it's a bit of a different movie than "The Fugitive",but
just as good.Stuart Baird directed this movie.he also helmed "Executive
Decision" and "Star Trek:Nemesis"both of which i enjoyed.if you enjoyed
those two films,you will probably like "U.S.Marshals".for me,this movie
is a 4/5.
Lemme get this straight. They remake the Fugitive with the Star Wars guy and everybody knows the one armed man did it. Everyone except Al Gore's very old undergrad roommate. No, this dude will go to the ends of the earth to get his man, taxpayer's rights and flower beds be darned.
So, the audience likes this creep so much, we get a sequel in which he, in an Arky accent, does a hard target search on every backrow, hedgerow, cornrow and Scott Turow to get his man, cost in dollars, lives and dignity be damned. Oh, yeah, one more thing, IT IS, AGAIN, THE WRONG FLOCKING GUY!!! We know that because he is a brother and this fossil apparently only shines when he is centeredly in the wrong. Does no one else find this a tad creepy?
Don't watch this, try something edifying like women's pro basketball. My public access channels run JUCO women's volleyball. Whoo Hoo!!! Good for hours at a time.
This has been a LawDog "I have not and never will see this movie" review. Not reviewed for typos.
Normally, I'd start out this paragraph with a brief synopsis of the flick. But for this review, I've decided to go the lazy route: if you want an overview of U.S. Marshals™' great and/or not-so-great moments, take a gander at the other customer reviews posted here. As for picture and sound quality, I found the former among of the sharpest and cleanest of the WB™'s DVD library, and the latter above-average.
The extra features included on this platter are somewhat sparse compared to most 'Special Edition' DVDs. As expected, the original theatrical trailer is included, as are a few TV spots. Then there's the text mini-bios of the principal cast and crew, as well as a text overview on the production and shooting of U.S. Marshals™. Also thrown in is a ten-minute-long mini-doc on the history of the U.S. Marshal Service.Read more ›
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I am a fan of Tommy Lee Jones and this is one of his better films. Good story that keeps you guessing to the endPublished on Jan. 30 2013 by Amazon Customer
Supposed to be a sequal to the amazing movie 'The Fugitive'...it falls a bit short in comparison.
Tommy Lee Jones is still as sassy as ever in U.S. Read more
They could have named this one the Fugitive II and gotten away with it. There was a slight lack of originality, but the spectacular cast pulls it off. Overall the movie was good. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2003 by S. K. Leggate
Yes, we all know about the spin off from The Fugitive but this film stands on it's own as a great movie. Tommie Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes are great adversaries. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003
An ultimately futile attempt to make lightning strike twice, this so-called spinoff from 1993's blockbuster The Fugitive avoids the label of "sequel" by forging ahead... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2002 by K. Kainula
It is an axiom that whenever Hollywood has done something right to create a hit movie, aside from a few notable exceptions, it is also an axiom that a sequel will be made that is... Read morePublished on June 24 2002 by Martin Asiner