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A typical action movie
on December 18, 2003
This was only Bruce Willis' second film of his career, and the one that really made him a star, which spawned two sequels and another on the way. I was a tad disappointed. OK, you get to see Bruce in a teeny tiny vest, with muscles to rival Arnie's, and then he decides to rip that vest off cos it was getting too dirty and needed washed ... But what else is there really to look at? A lot of stunts, glamorising of guns (can't they punch or anything?), and not very much else.
Bruce is hot in this film. Although, he's kinda ruined for me now after watching this - as he smokes throughout. Not a thing I like to see in films, but who cares. He's stressed, he's killed some bad guys, lets take out a cigarette. And gets his feet cut to smithereens.
The great Bonnie Bedelia stars alongside him as his ever doting wife, who's just decided to go back to her maiden name - does this ever get explained? Maybe he's cheated or something. She was a great actress in Switched At Birth (TV movie) and she was OK here, although we didn't see much of her.
Alan Rickman as the bad guy was pretty good. Although how Bruce didn't see through him when they met and swapped life stories and cigarettes was beyond me. Alan's character, Hanz, didn't even try to disguise his voice. Hello, see through that straight away.
I did like this film, although not sure if its one of these films that is rewatchable. Maybe give the other two a go. Maybe.