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A movies special effects man is hired by a government agency to help stage the assassination of a well known gangster. When the agency double crosses him, he uses his special effects to trap the gangster and the corrupt agents. Written by
Posters for Zombie and Fade to Black are seen hanging up in Rollie Tyler's apartment in several scenes. Also, the film "Poor Albert and Little Annie" is mentioned (refered to by its alternate title 'I Dismember Mama'). See more »
When Andy is walking to the boathouse to deliver the make-up box to Rollie, there is a shot of a girl on roller skates in a blue print blouse skating behind her. In the next shot, the skater is behind the cop trailing Andy. In the very next shot, the skater is way ahead in the distance in front of Andy. See more »
[holding a gun at the side of Rollie's head, calmly]
Hiya, Rollie. My name's Leo, and we need to talk.
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F/X is a movie I had been hearing about for years, so I finally buckled down and rented it, and I was pretty surprised. It's a good, suspenseful movie with nice effects, a decent story, and some good performances (except for the girl who plays the effects assistant, though she's not on-screen a lot). Bryan Brown plays Roland Tyler, a freelance special effects artist who seeks revenge after some shady Justice Department guys set him up to be the fall guy in a staged execution they had hired him to pull off. Brian Dennehy doesn't enter the film until nearly forty minutes into the picture, but once he does, he's as good as always, even if his character just sort of moves from place to place and effortlessly picks up clues along the way. I would have liked to seen the two stars have more scenes together, but they never even meet up until the final scene of the movie. Cliff DeYoung does his usual weasel villain, though he mysteriously vanishes from the film without explanation, and Jerry Orbach is good in a supporting role as the mobster whose execution is staged. The effects used by Tyler aren't as spectacular as I had thought they would be (disguises to avoid police, smoke bombs, fake blood, etc.), but they're used effectively. F/X is an entertaining little movie with a fair amount of suspense and some good action. Oh, and what I wouldn't give to have that home security system Tyler has inside his front door. The sequel's not bad either.
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