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Blown Away (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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Great special effects, not in the bombs but the close ups of everyday devices we see (?) Garrity use to make his weapons. When the phone is reconnected, or the oven ignited, we know that a huge conflagration will follow. It is fascinating, and among the more gripping scenes of the movie.
Why the "pros' dog this out is beyond me. Neither it nor Jones are wacky. It is more spellbinding that just the reviews suggest.
The music of U-2 makes a great backdrop to the impending action. Forrest Whittaker and Lloyd Bridges make great supporting cast members.
While BLOWN AWAY doesn't have the most original of plots, it has a sincerity and intensity that buoy the movie along, with several expertly filmed sequences. Bridges rushing to save his two friends from an exploding truck; Bridges watching as his uncle (played by Lloyd Bridges) is wired to blow; the climactic explosion on the Dolphin--these are outstanding set pieces, expertly helmed by Stephen Hopkins.
Jeff Bridges is marvelous in his role, ably supported by his aformentioned father; Suzy Amis, Forest Whitaker and the devilishly profane Tommy Lee Jones.
Hold on to your seats and ignore the critics on this one---it delivers explosively!
Most IRA movies made in Hollywood are always critisized for weak plots and the actors not sounding like real Irishmen. While this is generally true (Brad Pitt in the Devil's Own) it certainly isn't for Blown Away. Tommy Lee Jones is quite convincing as a deranged IRA bomber who goes after Jeff Bridges in revenge for betraying him 25 years earlier.
Stephen Hopkins uses his fave cinematographer and composer Peter Levy and Alan Silvestri to bring some visual style and a powerful musical score to accompany the action and explosion scenes. The final encounter between Jones and Bridges is WAY cool. Trust me. It's one of the best showdowns in history.
A cool use of widescreen photography captures a pleasant and eye-pleasing view of Boston. I only ever saw this city in Cheers previously and now it makes wanna visit. This film was overlooked in the summer of 1994 because the audience was too busy with Keanu foiling Dennis Hopper. But Speed was just about a bomber wanting money. Blown Away is a more personal, character-driven film and definitely the superior of the two.
The DVD is in great looking 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and has an incredible Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. Keep an eye on the bricks in your house. The might just crumble!
Blown Away teaches a valuable lesson: its ok to put a friendship at stake if its for a good cause. When Jeff Bridges left Belfast, Northern Ireland and changed his name, it was after his former friend, played by Tommy Lee Jones, was put away in Castle Gleigh prison in Northern Ireland. It seems unrealistic to see Jones' character ever breaking out AND finding Bridges, but he uses his own talent with building explosive devices to escape prison and he spots Bridges, whose name changes from Liam McGivney to Jimmy Dove on the screen.
Without spoiling anything, Tommy Lee Jones' character, Ryan Gaerity, does kill friends of Jimmy Dove, and the deaths are followed by very well-crafted scenes that seem to convey the emotion, pain and suffering of Bridges very effectively.
Both Jones and Bridges are well-cast and suitable for their roles. They both portray the Irish descent very believably, especially Jones (who, in the same year, 1994, did a pretty bad job of trying to sound southern in the movie "The Client").
I saw this movie for the first time when I was 13, and at that time i wasn't supposed to be watching it because it was rated R, and now, at 20, I still watch it and consider it one of the most underrated movies ever just because critics think that the high presence of explosions takes away from the plot. Its a shame that it didn't get better reviews, but, Tommy Lee Jones went to Harvard to learn how to act, and he sure did a good job in this movie. He won a few awards as best villain, deservedly. Today, movies like "The Matrix," are bringing in millions for not having a plot. Go for "Blown Away." You'll be glad you did.
A great cast, spectacular special effects, and a superb DVD is what makes this film worth the view and maybe adding to your collection. It's a thriller that although exciting is at times rather predictable.
Jeff Bridges plays Jimmy Dove, a Boston bomb squad expert. There seems to be an unusally high amount of bombs being ignited in this city. Jimmy always seems to be rushing off from wherever he is to defuse the explosives and he is real good at what he does.
His work is harrowing and has taken it's toll on him.He is about to retire from this dangerous work and start a new life with his new wife Kate(Suzy Amis),and little step-daughter Lizzy, when a mad bomber(Tommy Lee Jones) comes to town, and JIMMY is his main target!
Jimmy puts his new life on hold and his new family in danger, when he goes after this deranged terrorist with a vengance. It's not so easy though, this expert bomb maker is the one who taught Jimmy everything he knows in the first place, and now he's out for revenge.The results are EXPLOSIVE!
There's lots of edge of your seat, tense moments, and the explosions will have you in awe. Tommy Lee Jones is terrifying, Jeff Bridges electrifying, and Lloyd Bridges and Forest Whitaker are also welcome additions to this great cast.It was directed by Stephen Hopkins("The Ghost and the Darkness"/"Predator 2")and also has a great sountrack.
As I mentioned before the DVD is top notch. If you've seen this film and are thinking about adding it to your collection, you'll be real happy with the way it looks and sounds. It has the choice of viewing it in the original widescreen format, or in a standard format. I really reccomend the widescreen with all the action going on in this one.Read more ›
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The film, contains two main characters, the bomb man staring Tommy Lee Jones and his old time friend who tries to stop him staring Jeff Bridges. Both are Irish. Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Nathan T.
The film is a nifty cat and mouse game with a IRA terrorist after a police bomb expert. Tommy Lee Jones plays Ryan Gaerity, an IRA bomber, who holds a grudge against Jeff Bridges. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by Deborah MacGillivray
The movie itself is not all that great, and largely due to Tommy Lee Jones' super-fake Irish accent and the movie leaves much to be explained. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003
Director Stephen Hopkins (The Ghost in the Darkness, Under Suspicion) made this terrific action thriller with a fine cast and a very good story about personal redemption. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002