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Some fires can't be contained. Something is heating up the quiet suburbs of Los Angeles. Local fire-fighting hero Lyle Wilder has a little problem with his neighbors: he wants to kill them. Academy Award(r) Nominee Mare Winningham (1995, Best Supporting Actress, for Georgia) stars as Catherine Braverton, next-door neighbor and mother of two, who is terrorized by Wilder's sick game. The police are on the case but there's not much to go on...and no way to protect the Bravertons from the "hero" that will stop at nothing to extinguish them. UNDER PRESSURE also stars Charles Sheen (Wall Street,Platoon, Major League) and features John Ratzenberger (TV's "Cheers") as police officer Al Calavito.
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This could have been a much better film, had we at least understood what Sheen was like before his heroic deed. We also find out he let the baby's mother die in the fire because he was judgmental enough to condemn her having a child in a crackhouse.
Okay, so without that, we still have a good, solid movie, thanks mainly to Miss Winningham.
When the bratty son from next door ruins Lyle's window he pays the family a very scary visit. This segment made no sense whatsoever. We were all geared up to see real action when Sheen grabs the knife and peddles it in front of the boy's face. But the supposed-frightening scene turns silly. Lyle just leaves claiming he has to check his mail. It was a cheap trick to get the audience's mouth watering. Later that night Lyle sneaks into their home and holds them hostage with a gun. He wants to play Russian Roulette. How original!
Okay this movie has some chilling moments. It's not boring but at times silly. The way the neighbors act towards Lyle isn't realistic at all. Anyone else would have called the cops the moment he stomped into their house. Just because he leaves on his own the first time made it all right? Please. The father was the most pitiful role in the film. He didn't do anything but get the heck beaten out of him. This film is lame to the T. Charlie Sheen does a decent job but hits the planet of overacting big time. Mare Winningham is okay. The kids were cute and cuddly. Minor characters like Dawnn Lewis and Cliff from Cheers moved the story along. This movie was too short for my taste. I would have liked to see the reason behind Lyle's insanity. I couldn't buy that he went crazy just because his wife took his son away. That didn't do it for me.
If you like exciting movies, you may like Under Pressure. It doesn't make sense all the time and the characters do stupid things but it's better than serving jury duty. You may realize Sheen's scarier than you ever thought he could be.
racist,ignorant pig who also happens to be a psychopath.this movie is
not for the faint of heart.Charles Sheen puts in very convincing
performance as a firefighter named Lyle Wilder, who in public is a hero
but in reality is is a very unhinged deranged nut case with serious
mental issues.in short,he's a loon,and a deadly one at that.Mare
Winningham plays the mother of the family that is lucky enough to be
his neighbour.i don't recall this movie being in theatres,but it's not
listed as being straight to video.anyway,Winningham is good in her role
and plays her character as very understated. i have to make special
mention of two other actors in this movie.that would be John
Ratzenberger (Cliff,from "Cheers" fame) and Dawn Lewis (Jaleesa from
the sitcom "A Different World)who play the two police officers
who end up dealing with Wilder(Sheen).both were very impressive in
fairly small roles.i though they were both standouts.i had never seen
either in a serious role,and they seemed to fit their characters like a
glove.the movie itself is tense, to say the least and you are really
waiting for the pressure to burst and the psycho to come completely
unraveled,which he does.in my mind,this is a pretty good movie.for
me,"Bad Day on the Block" AKA "Under pressure is an 8/10