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FILM REVIEW - 'Into the Sun'

27 January 1992 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Anthony Michael Hall's surprisingly self-assured comic performance gives "Into the Sun, '' an airborne knock-off of "The Hard Way, '' an amiably satirical edge, although this action comedy ultimately doesn't have enough dash or flash to guarantee much of a boxoffice impact. However, the film's comic assets should play well on the small screen, making its video future look considerably brighter.

Hall plays Tom Slade, an almost casually egotistical Hollywood star who attaches himself to Air Force pilot Paul Watkins (Michael Pare) to do research for an upcoming role. Watkins, a no-nonsense type, is immediately put off by Slade's New Age-speak and by the star's uncanny ability to master new tasks with ease.

This portion of the film, further enlivened by Terry Kiser's hilarious impersonation of Slade's agent, is the best, with Hall's offhanded self-absorption well set-off by Pare's effectively limned fuming straight man.

However, when Watkins finally gives in and takes Slade on an F-16 patrol, the two are shot down by enemy aircraft over an unfriendly Arab country, and the comedy begins to play second fiddle to the action elements. And while the flying sequences are authentic enough, the activity on the ground never compensates for the diminishing laughs with any punch of its own.

The movie goes so far as to set up an American turncoat (Linden Ashby) flying for the Arabs, but his conflict with Watkins isn't an analogous match for Slade's.

Also given that the fleetingly glimpsed Arabs in the film come in two varieties -- brutal and greedy -- the film has left itself open to charges of ethnic insensitivity. Deborah Maria Moore as Watkins' in-service girlfriend and Brian Haley as a fellow pilot add to the film's generally accomplished acting credits.



A Trimark/Hess-Kallberg Production

Producers Kevin M. Kallberg, Oliver G. Hess

Director Fritz Kiersch

Story and screenplay John Brancato, Michael Ferris

Editor Barry Zetlin

Director of photography Steve Grass

Music Randy Miller

Production designer Gary T. New

Casting Jack Jones



Tom Slade Anthony Michael Hall

Paul Watkins Michael Pare

Mitchell Burton Terry Kiser

Major GoodeDeborah Maria Moore

Running time -- 100 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

(c) The Hollywood Reporter


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