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on January 12, 2004
While this may be among the worst of the mid-80s-to-mid-90s action flicks produced by Joel Silver (the Lethal Weapon movies, Die Hard), I find it one of the more entertaining entries in the guy's canon of shoot-'em-ups. Now I'd go over some of the ridiculous moments, corny dialogue, horrid one-liners that try to pass themselves off as "witty", over-the-top antics, and Patrick Swayze's pathetic attempts to emote. But since these points have been done to death in most of the previous customer reviews-- and because I'm a lazy reviewer-- I suggest you give them a read to get the gist of how monumentally hokey this mo-pic is. All I'm gonna add is when a blind musician (Jeff Healey) does a better job acting than most of the other cast members, you know you're takin' the fast track down to Cinematic CheddarVille...
But not only do I watch cheesy flicks for kicks and a laugh, I also search for flubs, continuity errors, and other weirdness. Like for instance the final part of Dalton's (Patrick Swayze) little Tai Chi workout, where you can see the shadow of the camera tracking across his back at the bottom of the screen. Then there's the part where a guy's nose is bleeding a split-second BEFORE Dalton punches him in the face. This particular moment happens pretty quickly BTW, so ya better be payin' attention. Finally, there's the weirdest moment: the closing credits sequence, featuring Jeff Healey and his band playing a number at the Double Deuce bar. Now that isn't all that weird in itself... what IS weird is that Healey's wearing an analog wristwatch!