- Actors: Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair Duncan, Michael J. Pollard, Alun Armstrong
- Directors: Tony Maylam
- Format: Import, Full length, PAL
- Region: All RegionsAll Regions
- Studio: Starlight (Germany)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00F2MQ0BY
Split Second (100% uncut) Rutger Hauer
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100% uncut, english and german audio, german release: In a futuristic London, the rising sea levels mean that large areas are under feet of water. Hauer plays a cop who previously lost his partner to some strange creature. Now the creature is back and its after him.
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In the near future-London of 2008, to be exact-the world has undergone serious weather disturbances. Global warming melted a significant portion of the earth's icecaps, resulting in serious flooding in port cities around the world. London itself is often under several feet of water, requiring residents to wear waterproof clothing and footwear anytime they go outside. Hauer plays a cop named Harley Stone, a throwback to the old days of police work when a guy pounded a beat and employed tried and true techniques to solve crimes. Stone lives like a slob, constantly eating chocolate truffles, drinking, and generally taking poor care of himself. But he's a good cop, one of the best, and anytime a murder occurs he's not far from the scene. Stone's methods rile the rank and file, especially his boss Paulsen (Pete Postalthwaite). This cop continually hassles Stone about his rogue way of bringing in the bad guys, but can't bring himself to retire his star detective. And now he needs Harley Stone more than ever as a vicious murderer rampages across London. This criminal seems to worship the occult and mutilates the victims in the most heinous of ways.
In order to keep an eye on the department renegade, Paulsen assigns an egghead named Dick Durbin (Neil Duncan) to act as Stone's new partner. Durbin's one of these guys with way too much schooling; he's got a ton of degrees, including a doctorate from Oxford, and a tendency to harp on Harley about eating right and exercising. As the two detectives investigate the latest round of zodiac style killings, dropping wisecracks along the way, a former squeeze of Harley's named Michelle (Kim Cattrall) enters the picture. Meanwhile, the gruesome crimes continue, with the criminal specifically targeting Stone in order to mock his adversary. As if by magic, the killer manages to leave a grotesque surprise in a box at the cop shop, addressed to Harley Stone and wrapped with a lot of love. The cops know they have to do something soon before even more citizens fall victim to this nefarious evildoer. Moreover, alarming evidence increasingly points to supernatural origin for the killer. When Durbin and Stone finally confront this creature face to face, all of Durbin's educated veneer collapses like a wet bag. He goes along with Stone completely now, muttering the same line repeatedly until it turns into a mantra: "We need guns. Big guns." The inevitable showdown in the sewers of London is more fun than it should be from a movie of this caliber.
"Split Second" was a better film the first time than the second time around. The first viewing came at a time when I could care less about such fundamental cinematic concepts as structured plot, a good script, and believable characters. While the characters in this movie are largely believable and interesting, the script and the plot leave a lot to be desired. The dialogue is the same sort of stuff we hear in every action film made since the 1960s. Durbin and Stone are your typical old cop/young cop team, with all the attendant baggage that cliché implies. Stone at first despises his new protégé but soon learns to grudgingly admire the guy. Durbin initially scoffs at Harley's bad behavior and unorthodox police skills, but soon falls in line when he learns the older detective was right all along. Moreover, the plot is the typical B budget potboiler with more holes than a pound of Swiss cheese. How, for instance, did a demonic beast manage to leave a box in the middle of a heavily guarded police station without anyone seeing him? In broad daylight? C'mon! Suspension of disbelief is a prerequisite for watching these types of films, but "Split Second" pushes the envelope beyond the tearing point. Another point against the film is Kim Cattrall, who doesn't have much to do except act the part of the imperiled female. Too, her hair makes her look like Moe Howard on a bad day.
Yet, despite these immense and inestimable flaws, "Split Second" is highly entertaining. The idea has heart even if it rips off "Aliens" and every other scary sci-fi flick known to man. Durbin and Stone are fun to watch as they savagely riff off one another. It's too bad the DVD presents few extras and only a full screen picture transfer. Rutger Hauer fans will want to add this one to their collections soon, but unfortunately it looks like it is out of print. Try and find a copy somewhere, though, because it is ultimately an entertaining piece of fluff good for passing a few hours.
Like many cheesy genre flicks (of the straight to video or DVD type), the movie is made up of parts of good movies that we all know. Of course, the finished product can't hold a candle to any of them, but it makes us think of those films and can be kind of fun. Split Second is part Blade Runner, part Alien, part Predator, and part every single hard-boiled cop movie you've ever seen. Hauer is a hardcore London cop named Harley Stone, who walks around with a big black trench coat, big black boots, and a whole bunch of very, very large guns. He smokes, he smokes while brushing his teeth, he drinks coffee and he eats chocolate constantly because he's addicted to caffeine because he never sleeps because years ago some kind of disgusting creature attacked and scarred him before killing his partner. Now he's psychically linked to the monster and so he hears loud heartbeats when he's near. Oh, and it's the year 2008 and London is under a few feet of water and it's always dark out. This enables the filmmakers to show a lot of rain and puddle-slicked streets with neon lights and a lot of cool posturing.
Of course, in true Dirty Harry style, Stone is paired with a partner (even though he works alone and is insane) who happens to be a complete yuppie nerd cop. Kim Cattrall manages to be the target girlfriend who gets in a shower scene. They chase the creature, which is slimy and of course, bathed in a lot of shadow to mask a low budget. The monster may be Satan, it may not be, but rest assured: the ending sets up a sequel. Of course, there were never any takers (though you have to wonder given the disappearance of Hauer from anything resembling quality if he'll be back).
The director is Tony Maylem, who depending on your love of slasher flicks is either going up or down since he made The Burning in 1980. The DVD is out of print, and judging by the price of a used copy, people have obviously come to appreciate this as Hall of Fame B-movie junk. The movie really should be back in print at a dirt cheap price though. It's perfect as that type of flick. Alternatively, you can stay up late and watch it on cable like I felt compelled to all those years ago.
Recommended for die-hard Rutger Hauer fans and lovers of movies you know are bad but that you still insist on seeing...
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