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The film has a decent enough plot which keeps concentration and is in places interesting and exciting, being a TV film. The reasons behind the main plot is slightly disappointing and the film fails to deliver at intervals, but overall it is a reasonably enjoyable TV movie.
Moving Target is basically the epitome of the term of 'enjoyable
thriller'. It offers no substance and you won't remember much of it for
long after it finishes; but it's fun to watch, and that's the important
thing. The film is a made for TV movie, and so doesn't feature any
spectacular stunts or heavy violence; and instead relies on the story
and suspense to pull it through...which unfortunately doesn't always
pay off as director Chris Thomson doesn't succeed in ensuring that the
film is always interesting. Anyway, the plot focuses on Toby Kellogg; a
teenage kid that gets sent to music school during the summer. He
doesn't enjoy it much while he's there, and when he finds out that his
band has enjoyed some success in his absence; he leaves the school and
sets off home. However, he's surprised when he gets there and finds
that his parents have shipped out...along with all the furniture. The
next thing Toby knows, he's been hunted down; by both the cops and a
mean assassin that drives a Ferrari. Toby struggles against his
pursuers while trying to find out what happened to his family.
The film very much feels like a product of it's time; and a low quality eighties vibe runs throughout it. This isn't helped by the lead actor. Jason Bateman cuts a rather irritating figure in the central role. He tries to play it as the typical disrespectful kid; but looks too old and comes off looking a bit silly. The film is not overly suspenseful either, and there were many times that I found myself not really caring what was going to happen next; and this is not good in a film that relies on suspense to keep itself afloat. Perhaps most disappointing of all is the way that the chase aspect of the plot is handled; the lead character never really seems to be in a lot of trouble and Jack Wagner's Ferrari-driving villain is more hilarious than imposing. It's all pretty predictable too; and only a rather dark scene that sees a kid killed in cold blood offered any sort of surprise. Still, despite all the negative elements; Moving Target simply offers the viewer a chance to switch their brain off for ninety minutes and enjoy...and it does at least work as light entertainment.
For a made for TV 80's movie I thought it was very good. Jason Bateman did a very good job. It' s interesting to see him at a young age prior to his career being rejuvenated. Jack Wagner was awesome playing the Hit-man. Prior to this he was most well known for his days as General Hospital's good guy, Frisco Jones. After leaving for Broadway it was an awesome surprise to see him starring as the villain in this under appreciated movie. I also find it amazing that the girl playing Jason Bateman's girlfriend is Chynna Phillips. It seems it was close to, if not the climax to her acting career. I wouldn't have scored it as high on the big screen but this was one of the best TV movies I've seen. Good enough that I found it on Amazon and am enjoying it 25 years later.
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I didn't really have high expectations for this movie in fact, I don't even know why I watched this movie because it really didn't look appealing to me but I'm glad I did. It was actually a very well done movie. It of course is an 80's movie and it does have the cheesy music...but the plot was VERY good. It was suspenseful, and it was thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the movie...and I was trying to figure out what was going on throughout the movie. It will keep you guessing until the very end. Jason Bateman was amazing and may I say adorable as a teenager. If you enjoy a good thriller, a good story, and Jason Bateman...you'll love this movie! For daily movie reviews visit: kimsmoak.com now!
This film originally aired on NBC in February, 1988. It is notable for being Jack Wagner's first telefilm. He had recently left General Hospital and soap stardom and was coming off a national tour of "West Side Story" when he did this film. In it, he plays against type and is the villain hit-man. This was a refreshing change since he had found stardom as the hero/good guy Frisco Jones on daytime television. A very well-done made for TV movie that is also notable for being one of Chynna Phillips' early roles as she stars as Jason Bateman's character's girlfriend in the film. They don't show this on TV very often - if at all - but it is worth seeking out to see many of it's stars when they were young and just getting started.
This movie has it all - fast cars, foot chases, girls in bikinis- total guy movie. I give it two thumbs up. I had as much fun watching this movie as working on it! In the "pool party" scene, those are my legs you see walking up the little brick steps. Have been wondering for years if the movie was in circulation, and how I could see it again or buy it.
This is one summer camp musical that starts off like a teen comedy but
begins to take some turns unexpectedly. Jason Bateman is well cast as a
typical young teen kid from a middle class family. He is an adequate
musician and he has plenty of friends.
His experiences at summer camp give us an insight into his musical weaknesses and his talent for finding trouble. His life takes a major change just as he is beginning to find some fame as a maybe rock star.
Action begins when the story is only into its first 15 minutes and the audience is taken for an adventurous ride. There is no bad language or nudity. This one is family safe. It is a little scary at times and there are some fine stunts with cars and people. It all looks top notch.
Jason at times reminded me of someone when he smiled or turned his head a certain way during the movie. It took me awhile to recognize who it was he resembled. If anyone is familiar with the smile of Joe Dallesandro during his youthful days, that is the same smile we see on Jason here.
I bought this one at Big Lots for $3. It seems to be part of a big closeout special from M-G-M. Highly recommended at any price.
If you like this I also recommend Emil and the Detectives if you can find it.
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