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Ricochet (Widescreen)

Denzel Washington , John Lithgow , Russell Mulcahy    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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This sleeper star vehicle for Denzel Washington is a campy revenge thriller in the Brian De Palma style. Director Russell Mulcahy (The Shadow) makes the most of the opportunity to showcase two great actors in an exaggerated story of cops, robbers, and revenge. Denzel Washington (Glory, Crimson Tide) plays a cop who becomes a rising legal star as a result of arresting master criminal John Lithgow (The World According to Garp). Lithgow escapes prison, fakes his own death, and sets about framing lawyer Washington for various crimes and methodically destroys his life, until Washington enlists the help of childhood friend and drug dealer Ice-T (New Jack City) to turn the tables and put his tormentor out of business for good. Lurid and violent, the film is also happily over the top, making Ricochet a cheerfully decadent indulgence. --Robert Lane

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films... June 1 2004
Format:DVD
I can remember the first time I saw this movie. It was on HBO right after the George Foreman vs. Lou Savarese fight a few years back. Being a film with Denzel Washington and John Lithgow, I was surprised that I hadn't heard of it before then but was in for a big surprise.
Being a 1991 film (and an HBO Original Production), this was made before Denzel Washington really hit it big but it's one of his finest films in my opinion. While Washington portays a young cop turned bright futured district attorney, the best job in the film is done by John Lithgow, who plays one of the best psychotic yet genius characters in recent memory (Earl Talbot Blake). Lithgow, in fact, does such a good job playing this insane yet calculating killer hell bent on revenge that it's very strange to turn around and watch him on 3rd Rock From The Sun!
The supporting characters played by Ice-T and Kevin Pollak are well done and well written, but also very important in the storyline...something that isn't always true in mainstream films.
The plot is very interesting, and not something that has been 'done to death'. As the film winds down, it seems a little predictable but also the only suitable way for everything to end. Ok, so it's not a blockbuster 4 star masterpiece, but RICOCHET is still a very well written film that is action packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid MOVIE.. March 12 2004
Format:DVD
Late one night I went to buy a 6 pack and to my surprise I noticed a stack of DVDS at Sav-On Drugs were on sale for 5.99. To my surprise RICOCHET was on sale...I love denzel..lithgow plays a nefarious villan who mindfu*ks Denzel. Such a good early 90's movie...even the soundtrack is cool. I like the basketball game in the beginning of the movie..where you see Denzel slam dunk the basketball!! "HE GOT GAME" - thats for sure!
The character Denzel portrays in this movie is a mixture of his ...training day character and the character he played in Out of Time. He is a victim, but yet he knows how to mess with bad guys. Great movie...ICE-T did ok..this was during the time period Mr. Ice-T was doing films such as New Jack City and Trespass.....Solid performances....and a pretty decent story line. If you want to sit home one day and drink a beer and watch a suspenseful movie....this is it. I laughed throughout the movie at the characters outfits...because its just funny seeing people wear stuff from the early 90's....No more 80's laughter..pure 90's laughter. Perfect movie to illustrate the
90's.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I watched it because I thought it was about Chile Jan. 15 2004
Format:DVD
(spoilers, but don't worry; you'll never want to watch it anyway)
Every few years or so, I come across a movie that seriously contends for the title of "worst movie ever made." Godzilla was one of them, then 200 cigarettes, tomb raider... Anyhow, if it weren't for the respectable effort made by Denzel Washington, this movie just might take the cake..
Denzel plays a cop-turned-DA and Lithgow is a psycopathic hitman who has an obsession with breaking out of prison and getting his revenge on the man who put him away.
Nothing here seems to make any sense. For example, the sword fight at the beginning between Blake (John Lithgow) and his cellmate -- first of all, Blake already established his dominance as soon as he entered the jail cell and beat up his new roommate. This bizarre neo-medeival sequence, using books and newspaper as armor, has no point at all. It's just a excuse to showcase some really bad dialogue.
And as for really bad dialogue, Ricochet is unequalled. I cringed at least once every two minutes. Lithgow is so ridiculously serious in his role that anything he says sounds like it's a mockery of himself. It reminds me of the head gangster in the movie Ghost Dog, except in that movie it's *supposed* to be ridiculous. Who knows - maybe that was the idea here.
The end is totally gratuitous. The plan that Denzel comes up with is completely foolish for one thing - if his plan were to fail, which would almost certainly happen, he would end up completely ruining himself. But in the movie, it doesn't fail. Ok, fine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT ACTION MOVIE Jan. 13 2004
Format:DVD
A MURDERER [JOHN LITHGOW] GETS CAPTURED BY A COP [DENZEL WASHINGTON]. THE MINUTE HE STEPS FOOT IN JAIL, HE SPENDS EVERY MINUTE OF HIS LIFE PLOTTING REVENGE. THIS MOVIE PROVES THAT DENZEL WASHINGTON CAN DO PRETTY GOOD IN ACTION MOVIES. THEN AGAIN, DENZEL CAN DO GOOD IN JUST ABOUT ANY TYPE OF MOVIE. THIS MOVIE IS DEFINITELY A GOOD MOVIE TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION.
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A sure way to ruin an otherwise intriguing thriller is to loosely tie in patches of action as though someone sat and conceived all these sequences and then threw in a story to somehow tie them in.
"Ricochet" had Dezel W, pretty much the sole reason I picked up this movie. And it started with a bang, literally, followed by some superb action right down to the middle of the film.
Yet, midway through the whole charade I just forgot to care about all the gory violence, not in the least due to its implausibility. Some scenes with Lithgow's terrifying cameo as the bad guy are even quite menacing and impactful. But at the end one only leaves with a taste of crassy action from cardboard characters in a staid plot.
An ignorable number.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, fierce and Fast as a speeding bullet
This was a breakout film for Denzel. He did a bang up job as a lawyer targeted by a criminal he outsmarted when he was a rookie cop. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Alicia Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A very violent movie.
My recollections of this movie are from memory. The part that I remember most vividly is John Lithgow killing Jessie Ventura in his own prison cell with his bare hands. Read more
Published on July 20 2002 by Peter Beamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilirating
This is a brilliantly scripted and acted action-suspense-thriller. Some scenes are extra-violent, with one prison guard having his torso carved in half with a power tool during a... Read more
Published on May 16 2000 by TheIrrationalMan
4.0 out of 5 stars The first movie to actually Shock me!
I first saw this movie just 2 years ago. I had already seen Pulp fiction, Dead man, Straw dogs, Reservoir dogs and A Clockwork Orange. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 1999 by Bradley Tobin
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictability sends Ricochet careening off track
Ricochet has enough visual style and slickness to make it deserving of big screen status. But somewhere during the proceedings, it careens off track and turns into a predictable... Read more
Published on July 10 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Lithgow
Lithgow is awesome as master criminal Earl Blake. A 'bad dude' who spectacularly breaks out of a maximum-security jail. Read more
Published on July 1 1999
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