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Clooney/Kidman ~ Peacemaker
It seems that thrillers these days--even good ones--are all about scene-chewing bad guys, cute retorts fit for the Dennis Miller show, and one big special effect to end the movie. Well, something like The Peacemaker, the first feature film from DreamWorks, puts the record straight. Here is an expertly paced thriller with a sensible villain, smart instead of cute dialogue, and a focus on action instead of special effects. It's not original, just solid. It's the second of these energetic and effective thrillers that writer Michael Schiffer (Crimson Tide) has penned. The White House Nuclear Smuggling Group tracks down 10 stolen nuclear bombs after a suspicious train wreck in Russia. The acting head of the department (Nicole Kidman) and her military field officer (George Clooney) are off to Europe to track down the bombs. Instead of a Gary Oldman-Bruce Dern madman, The Peacemaker's heavy is an unknown Romanian actor (Marcul Iures) playing a Bosnian rebel who works passionately and quietly. This may be a popcorn movie, but it uses the ripe emotions of the Bosnian War to create tension. This is the best film vehicle yet for the overwhelming charisma of George Clooney as a quick witted, generally warm Oliver North type who will seek deadly vengeance without pause. He's matched very well by the professional polish of Nicole Kidman who is showing great flexibility in dividing her roles between serious and fun fare. --Doug Thomas
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Politics not withstanding, this is just about the finest, tightest thriller I have ever seen, and extremely fast paced. It was Dreamworks' first major thriller, a home run that vaults way out of the ballpark! They did it right. Congratulations to Mimi Leder for a first rate job. Among the many German crew members, Hans Zimmer's score is one of his best. Or anyone's best, complete with full choir.
From first frame to last, Peacemaker is a film of razor-sharp pacing, superb casting, spectacular stunts, and incredible locations. It stimulates the brain on the most primitive and sophisticated levels, as the best films should -- a sensory delight of sound, music, facial expressions, graphic action, and delightful camerawork, and crisp and often funny use of language.
I found this film totally believable. From a standpoint of cast, script, and score, we clearly have here a labor of love.
First, let's talk about George Clooney as Lt. Colonel Tom Devoe. Clooney's never been in anything this good before or since. Mimi Leder brings out the best in George. His role summons superlative comparisons such as Alec Baldwin in Red October. Or William Shatner as Captain Kirk. Will the feat ever be repeated? Heroes like this don't come along every day.
Clooney is in his element, whether screaming expletives into a helicopter radio, or testifying before a congressional committee.Read more ›
Obviously Clooney and Kidman have their fans, as exhibited here, but I felt that Kidman's was bland - neither her character nor herself seem to have a personality - and Clooney resorted too much to his typical mannerism of talking - in - a - patronising, - staccato - voice - whilst - nodding - his - head - from - side - to - side, like an annoying university professor who likes the sound of his own voice. It's essentially the kind of film you rent with several other films, unless you're a big fan of Clooney, or you collect films with nuclear explosions in them (it's mildly implausible that way that said explosion - which kills hundreds and would be a major news event - seems to be shrugged off in seconds). This is also a film in which seemingly-rational people do deals with lethal terrorists and are shot dead in order to tie up loose ends, the absolute idiots.Read more ›
He meets one's expectations for an action hero easily, showing he can talk the talk and walk the walk. When they need to get information from a sophisticated European businessman-crook, Clooney first asks nicely, and then simply terrorizes him into giving them the information, advising Kiddman on the side that they just don't have the time to fool around with this guy. Shortly thereafter, he shows just how crusty, clever and murderous he can be in one of the most imaginative car chases and set of action scenes yet filmed in the streets of Vienna.
And the movie has barely begun to cook, with some terrific high-tech elements as well as good old fashoned skullduggery and suspense, as well, as the film reaches its climax and denouement in the streets of the Big Apple. This is a handsome film, one that is well traveled and extremely easy on the eyes. It is also plausible, given all that we have learned in the last year or so about the dangers that suround us. I can highly recommend this. Enjoy!
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An worthwile action venue that has not lost its actuality with the years. Still good today!Published 9 months ago by Norrin Radd
Excellent thriller avec George Clooney et Nicole Kidman. Les acteurs sont excellents et l'action ne manque pas.Published 11 months ago by Lucie Boutet
Great story with great interaction between the two leads. Strange title for such a dark and tragic theme.Published 14 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
Moderately decent action thriller. At least Clooney and Kidman don't smooth half way through the movie.Published 22 months ago by C. LeGrow
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