The titular piece of real estate is the San Francisco military base that starts at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge and sprawls back into the city itself, coexisting uneasily with Baghdad by the Bay. The two cultures clash when a murder at the Presidio is assigned to civilian police detective Mark Harmon. Harmon has an uncomfortable history with the base commander, Sean Connery, and that relationship doesn't get any less tense when he also becomes romantically entangled with Connery's daughter, Meg Ryan. Unfortunately, the script by Larry Ferguson is a stiff, which suits Harmon's acting style. Director Peter Hyams knows how to choreograph an action sequence, but he has to keep stopping so that Harmon can actually speak. Thankfully, Harmon has the always-interesting Connery and Ryan to interact with, but that's only a small saving grace. --Marshall Fine
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This is a 2 star story with 5 star actors, so I rated it 3 stars.
The strength of this movie could be said to be that the characters played by Connery, the base commander and Harmon an X-MP under Connery and now cop were not very likeable. The friction and emotional tension between these characters is the heart movie. The murder mystery takes a back seat. Another side issue in addition to the murder was the love interest of Connery's daughter, Meg Ryan for Harmon and her friction with her dad.
Another friction in the story is that of a military base located near the USA's Saddom and Gamorrah known as San Francisco.
The movie bogs down and drifts as the characters treat each other inordinately poorly, and in a manner not justified by what we know. If the movie was based on a book that provided that information, it was not shared with the movie viewer. A good cast is wasted here and this is a 2.5 movie rounded up to 3 for its stars.
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Arrived fast disc, was in good shape and I enjoyed movie. ThanksPublished 15 months ago by william gracie
Would recommend this to anyone who likes a good movie with lots of action. Sit back and enjoy. Fantastic watch.Published on July 27 2013 by Mrs. Linda Gluszek
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