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Decent, with a good cast
on March 4, 2003
This movie may be one of those movies you'll hate to love. The plot of the movie is simple and unoriginal, yet you'll find yourself really getting into it. The movie begins with the introduction of Jack Hammond (Charlie Sheen), who's background we know little about. But we do know he is a criminal of some sort; on the run. And as he stops for gas (with a stolen car) he is noticed by two cops. He panics and kidnaps the girl standing next to him (Kristy Swanson, the original 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'), and takes off.
As it turns out, midway through the freeway car chase, Hammond was found guilty of a crime that he didn't commit. And he does anything and everything to keep from getting caught. The movie does provide for a few satisfactory surprises, but for the most part you'll know what's going to happen. And while all this is going on--the fighting between Hammond and Natalie Voss (Swanson)--they begin to fall in love. And if you think that sounds impractical or just plain stupid, you're right. But you have to realize: without the cheap love you really have no movie. So you must look beyond the sometimes too-fake plot in order to enjoy the movie.
As you can imagine, you'll find yourself saying "yeah right" during certain parts of the movie. And the 'sex' scene (if you want to call it that) is so horrible you will laugh out loud. I won't spoil the fun for you, though. All in all, 'The Chase' is a pretty average film with no plotline. But on a brighter note, the cast is very diverse. Aside from Sheen and Swanson, you have Henry Rollins (singer of Rollins' Band) and Josh Mostel (who you may remember from smaller parts in 'Big Daddy' and 'Billy Madison'); both of which who play the cops following the car. Also, there's Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Anthony Kiedis.
'The Chase' is a decent movie, one that may go overlooked. But if you enjoy Charlie Sheen's work, or have always been intrigued by those infamous high-speed chases, you will enjoy this movie. It got 3 stars from me because there's really no plot and it's mostly unoriginal. Yet 3 stars still makes a movie worth seeing; and you should look into this one.