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When everyone's out to get you, and you don't know why... NEVER SAY DIE!

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2 October 1999 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Geoff Murphy has directed some excellent action films. Both his earlier Goodbye Pork Pie—to which Never Say Die has been compared—and his later Under Siege: Dark Territory are well-paced films, but Never Say Die seems to miss the mark.

Never Say Die tries to decide whether it's action, comedy or thriller but comes across as "none of the above". The story seems disjointed, while the relationship between the two lead characters (played by Temuera Morrison and Lisa Eilbacher, particularly stunning here) comes across as uncomfortable thanks to the script (also by Murphy). It's a pity—both are able performers.

One knows from the neatly arranged car chases and photography that Murphy is capable of so much more. Compared to his other efforts, Never Say Die is tiresome, slowly paced and struggles throughout its 90 minutes. Its few saving graces aren't enough.


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