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Peacemaker, the

George Clooney , Nicole Kidman , Mimi Leder    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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It seems that thrillers these days--even good ones--are all about scene-chewing bad guys, cute retorts fit for the Dennis Miller show, and one big special effect to end the movie. Well, something like The Peacemaker, the first feature film from DreamWorks, puts the record straight. Here is an expertly paced thriller with a sensible villain, smart instead of cute dialogue, and a focus on action instead of special effects. It's not original, just solid. It's the second of these energetic and effective thrillers that writer Michael Schiffer (Crimson Tide) has penned. The White House Nuclear Smuggling Group tracks down 10 stolen nuclear bombs after a suspicious train wreck in Russia. The acting head of the department (Nicole Kidman) and her military field officer (George Clooney) are off to Europe to track down the bombs. Instead of a Gary Oldman-Bruce Dern madman, The Peacemaker's heavy is an unknown Romanian actor (Marcul Iures) playing a Bosnian rebel who works passionately and quietly. This may be a popcorn movie, but it uses the ripe emotions of the Bosnian War to create tension. This is the best film vehicle yet for the overwhelming charisma of George Clooney as a quick witted, generally warm Oliver North type who will seek deadly vengeance without pause. He's matched very well by the professional polish of Nicole Kidman who is showing great flexibility in dividing her roles between serious and fun fare. --Doug Thomas


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excuse me I hate to keep interrupting May 28 2004
Format:DVD
While 1997's prescient "Peacemaker" is a piercing wakeup call with early echoes of 9-11 and weapons of mass destruction, it is also an instrument of propaganda that could easily have oozed out of America's trigger-happy military-industrial complex. But it also goes beyond both of these cliches to try to achieve an understanding of the subverted forces fighting each other in our ever churning world.
Politics not withstanding, this is just about the finest, tightest thriller I have ever seen, and extremely fast paced. It was Dreamworks' first major thriller, a home run that vaults way out of the ballpark! They did it right. Congratulations to Mimi Leder for a first rate job. Among the many German crew members, Hans Zimmer's score is one of his best. Or anyone's best, complete with full choir.
From first frame to last, Peacemaker is a film of razor-sharp pacing, superb casting, spectacular stunts, and incredible locations. It stimulates the brain on the most primitive and sophisticated levels, as the best films should -- a sensory delight of sound, music, facial expressions, graphic action, and delightful camerawork, and crisp and often funny use of language.
I found this film totally believable. From a standpoint of cast, script, and score, we clearly have here a labor of love.
First, let's talk about George Clooney as Lt. Colonel Tom Devoe. Clooney's never been in anything this good before or since. Mimi Leder brings out the best in George. His role summons superlative comparisons such as Alec Baldwin in Red October. Or William Shatner as Captain Kirk. Will the feat ever be repeated? Heroes like this don't come along every day.
Clooney is in his element, whether screaming expletives into a helicopter radio, or testifying before a congressional committee.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A harvest of swans Feb. 21 2003
Format:DVD
An odd one this; a decent action thriller, entirely forgettable but for the same quirk of history that enveloped its contemporary 'The Siege'. Whilst the latter film was considerably closer to the bone, this film nonetheless seemed more relevant after September 2001, and presumably did good business for Blockbuster. On its own merits its competent and very ordinary; Eastern European baddies are vastly overused, presumably because they don't offend any segment of the US moviegoing public (even today featuring Middle Eastern terrorists prompts boycotts), and the acting and writing are perfunctory. It's not silly or exaggerated enough to be enjoyable on the level of 'Air Force One' or a Bond movie, and not plausible or gripping enough to be 'Fail Safe', say. There is however a decent car chase, although not to the same level as 'Ronin', which has a similarly 70s-style cold war spy thriller tone.
Obviously Clooney and Kidman have their fans, as exhibited here, but I felt that Kidman's was bland - neither her character nor herself seem to have a personality - and Clooney resorted too much to his typical mannerism of talking - in - a - patronising, - staccato - voice - whilst - nodding - his - head - from - side - to - side, like an annoying university professor who likes the sound of his own voice. It's essentially the kind of film you rent with several other films, unless you're a big fan of Clooney, or you collect films with nuclear explosions in them (it's mildly implausible that way that said explosion - which kills hundreds and would be a major news event - seems to be shrugged off in seconds). This is also a film in which seemingly-rational people do deals with lethal terrorists and are shot dead in order to tie up loose ends, the absolute idiots.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Action-Based Thriller! July 14 2002
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Although it moves like it came from the pages of a Tom Clancy techno-thriller novel, it is really just a terrific action film that pays proper homage to the well-proven formulas of great story, fast paced sequencing, and bankable stars. Nicole Kiddman does a real star turn in this one, showing she is a very versatile and saucy type, as well as a femme fatale. yet this really is George Clooney's movie, one that shows he can safely leaves the environs of TV land for the silver screen for good. Playing the part of a street-hardened veteran who understands the way the world works outside the Washington beltway, this is a Clooney tour-de-force!
He meets one's expectations for an action hero easily, showing he can talk the talk and walk the walk. When they need to get information from a sophisticated European businessman-crook, Clooney first asks nicely, and then simply terrorizes him into giving them the information, advising Kiddman on the side that they just don't have the time to fool around with this guy. Shortly thereafter, he shows just how crusty, clever and murderous he can be in one of the most imaginative car chases and set of action scenes yet filmed in the streets of Vienna.
And the movie has barely begun to cook, with some terrific high-tech elements as well as good old fashoned skullduggery and suspense, as well, as the film reaches its climax and denouement in the streets of the Big Apple. This is a handsome film, one that is well traveled and extremely easy on the eyes. It is also plausible, given all that we have learned in the last year or so about the dangers that suround us. I can highly recommend this. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
tout est parfait
Published 7 days ago by francois bisson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Peacemaker
The movie was fantastic, only part I didn't like was the attempt by the production people to make Russia look like a third world country and most of all no romance just a good... Read more
Published 6 months ago by roy wesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Bad Action Movie. To Pass The Night Away.
"I love this movie the "Peacemaker" George Clooney and Nicole Kidman,work good together,
especially when there is no sex involved the movie just seem to work,
when some... Read more
Published 7 months ago by trek fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Would recommend this to anyone who likes a good movie with lots of action. Sit back and enjoy. Fantastic watch.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Linda Gluszek
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fast paced movie
Keeps moving, lots of action, great characters - a movie to watch many times. George Clooney makes a great action hero.
Published 18 months ago by Frances
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
saw the movie had the I had bought the movie before but got lost some where good adventure love it
Published on Dec 18 2011 by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Basically, George Clooney portraying Oliver North
The is a good, solid political thriller. It's probably the best of that sub-genre that does not involve Tom Clancy in some capacity. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One I've watched over and over
I've owned this movie for years. I seem to find myself reaching for it whenever I can't make up my mind on what to watch. I think it is George Clooney's finest film. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004 by Elara
3.0 out of 5 stars stop a nuclear warhead from going off, now go
a good suspense thriller/action adventure about a train robbery and nuclear wareheads on the run with terroists. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by Michael Bolts
2.0 out of 5 stars Confused movie!
This movie is a cheesy wannabe-Clancy mess for the first two thirds, and a cheesy wannabe-Die Hard 3. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2003 by BL
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