Striking Distance (Widescreen/Full Screen) (Bilingual)
Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker star in this mind-bending action mystery. Tom Hardy (Willis) is a maverick cop who's not afraid to rock the boat in pursuit of a sadistic serial killer. Demoted to river patrol after suggesting the killer may be a fellow police officer, he initiates an unauthorized investigation which kicks the high-powered plot into overdrive. His new partner (Parker) climbsaboard with a surprise of her own as the conspiracy closes around them for a wake-trailing drama about honor, loyalty and family.
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Tom Hardy (Bruce Willis) is a maverick cop who's not afraid to rock the boat in pursuit of a sadistic serial killer. Demoted to river patrol after suggesting the killer may be a fellow police officer, he initiates an unauthorized investigation. His new partner, Jo (Sarah Jessica Parker) climbs aboard with a surprise of her own, as the conspiracy closes in around them.
Director Rowdy Herrington, who is also credited as co-writer of the film's script with Martin Kaplan, puts together a film that feels all too familiar. The "twists" of the movie are fairly easy to spot, and if it wasn't for the work of Willis, who does a solid job--the movie would be almost forgettable. What should play out like a "page turning pulp mystery", instead, the story connects most of the dots for the viewer. What a shame.
Given my thoughts on the film, I was not at all suprised by the lack of extras, on the DVD. All that's there is the movie's theatrical trailer Those that end up watching Striking Distance can choose to do so, in either the full-screen, or widescreen formats.
What a disappointment. The DVD only garners a two star rating, not my usual feeling about a Bruce Willis flick...
The story sees Willis' character's father (also a police officer) en route to a policeman's ball is throw into a chase scene in which the car (naturally) crashes, and is killed. Though it seems his death is not as a result of the accident, but rather from bullet wounds. Fast-forward to a few years later and bodies are being found dumped in the river that Willis' character patrols. Of course, this all becomes serious when it is apparent the same killer, possibly a serial killer, is committing the murders. Now the hunt is on (surprise, surprise) and Willis suspects this may all be somehow related to his father's death.
What could have been an intelligent and interesting story soon slides below the limbo bar of film mediocrity. Sarah Jessica Parker "co-stars" as the typical love interest, but she has no chemistry with Willis she barley has more than a paragraph of dialogue with him. This is just one of many pointless characters peppered throughout the film. The most annoying one being some cop who has it in for Willis, but you're never sure why, and his confrontations are used as filler (i.e. they have no connection to the murder or to any other plot point).Read more ›
Willis stars as a cop whose daddy is killed several years before, and naturally he sinks in a depression. Typically, the form of cure comes in Sarah Jessica Parker, who looks as much as a cop as Matthew Broderick looks like Superman. The setting is wonderful, worth one star, and the clever idea to use "Little Red Ridinghood" as the killer's theme song earns the other. But at the end, when Willis goes head to head with the killer, you just sit there screaming "WHY- WON'T- YOU- DIE?!" as the killer manages to avoid being shot, hit by a train, and drowning. That is the stupidest protagonist/antagonist battle I have ever seen, even worse than Seattle hosting the WTO. Willis makes an effort to save the movie, which equals to Leonardo DiCaprio holding up the Titanic. For a much better Willis flick, try seeing THe Fifth Element, or The Sixth Sense, of The Whole Nine Yards. Most of his good movies ('sides Die Hard) come with a number, and not a reference to "Hit Me Baby One More Time". Face it, Willis fans. This flick is one sinking ship.
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j'ai recu le produit en quelques jours et j'en suis satisfait le film etait en excellent etat tout etait okPublished on April 4 2013 by andre fillion
It is no wonder that this movie takes place in Pittsburgh,Pa.where corrupt cops abound.Bruce Willis is excellent in this one.Published on June 2 2004 by Ed Gaudelli Jr.
What many people fail to realize is that this is an unintentional comedy. For example, on their way to the policeman's ball Hardy and father get into a car chase that ends in a... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2002 by dw_seattle
In my book, the very worst films are the ones that take a lot of talented people, all of whom have done great work elsewhere, and deliver them into a cinematic meatgrinder. Read morePublished on March 4 2002 by Mike Freed
Not great "literaure," as it were, but an engaging action yarn as entertainment. Good, complex and well executed vehicle chases. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2001 by Amazon Customer
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