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Opening of Kane is not similar, it is exact clone of the Beverly Hills
Cop Axel's friend being shot while playing some pool. The rest of the
movie has certain 80's lightness and certain charm.
Parker Kane is very likable and there was potential for making a certain Hooperman with the edge series out of this pilot. Main villain is very prolific and some direction is not that bad considering its genre limitations.
Style and mood also made somewhat cartoonish atmosphere from beginning to end. Still kept this movie in well preserved mercy of VHS tape. Wouldn't mind having DVD release either. There are certain films like this, where judging criteria comes from the lighter side, mainly because of the certain charm I've already mentioned.
What a Waste...
This is an utter waste of talent, mainly because this pilot/movie is so poorly written; this makes the talent of the cast stand out only more. And what a cast it is - Jeff Fahey, David Caruso (First Blood, NYPD Blue), Marisa Tomei (Jungle Fever), Stellan Skarsgard (Amistad, Ronin), Zakes Mokae (The Serpent and the Rainbow), Patti Labelle, Amanda Pays (Off Limits)...
In fact, this is so poorly written, that David Caruso is killed of within the first ten minutes, simply to provide some cheap motivation for Parker Kane. "Parker Kane" is a movie that screams "pilot", in the worst sense of the word. Fahey talks to the camera about "Parker Kane's Principles". "Live by them!". And what a guy he is - he's an ex cop sacked for burning out and probably using excessive violence, has loads of friends nevertheless, has his own diner booth reserved, has a great car _and_ motorcycle, loads of girlfriends and apparently bottomless funds. You'd wonder why he even gets out of bed at all, let alone works as a private investigator.
Having said that, a formula like this can work, as with for instance "Total Security", which is a lighthearted romp that doesn't take itself too seriously, but provides some "in between" work for other struggling actors.
Too bad, because I liked seeing Marisa Tomei, and Zakes Mokae is one of the coolest guys around. I also like Jeff Fahey's more serious loner roles (Sketch Artist, The Hit List, Quick, etc.). Now if they'd made this series with those tougher type of story lines...
There were but two reasons for me to see this film. First of all Stellan
Skarsgard and Marisa Tomei were in it (who are both good actors) and I had
nothing better to do. While seeing the film though, I immediately thought
something better to do: SLEEP! This film is a complete waste of time. It
a standard ex-cop flick. The ex-copper is the best there ever was, but he
was fired. He keeps doing stuff on his own to the dislike of his former
buddies and he saves the day. All BIG surprises (NOT!!!). Go to sleep, or
you have insomnia, try this one.
4 out of 10
This movie is surprised the heck out of me. To be honest with you, when I first saw this movie, I didn't really like it. I don't know if it was because I not in the mood at the time, but I thought it was pretty boring. After thinking about it more, I wanted to watched it again to see if I could make more sense of it, which I did when I saw it again. Now it is definitely a movie I would see again. In fact I think it gets better every time I watch it. If you're one of those people who hates this movie, try watching with an open mind and understand that this movie may be "different" because it broke all kinds of new ground. Oh yeah, and actually listen to what they say instead of hoping to see crazy explosions and what not.
The perfect 6 step recipe for a boring middle of the road
1. Take one burnt-out, rogue ex-cop with a bad attitude, yet a sensitive touch as well (closet concert pianist with a pet cat);
2. Add some "cool" retro gadgets like a beat-up Porsche 356, a roaring bike, a heavily patched leather jacket and a pair of cowboy boots with holes in the soles;
3. Mix in a couple of "free-spirit" locations e.g. a trendy sea-side apartment and a dedicated diner booth for an office;
4. Spice it up with "deep" socio-romantic themes such as a post-divorce-traumatized-but-finally-remarrying-ex-wife, a secretly-admiring-and-therefore-forgiving-waitress, a pair-of-former-colleague-cops-only-one-of-whom-is-really-a-complete-jerk and a best-buddy-getting-iced-over-a-suitcase-full-of-illegal-$$$;
5. Let it simmer for about 90 minutes in a "fast-paced" though not necessarily logical or internally consistent sequence of mediocre action scenes, cheap tender moments and sluggish wise-cracks;
6. Serve with either a comfortable pillow to sleep straight through it all or something a bit more interesting (don't worry: even the yellow pages will do!).
Reading through these comments, I see a remarkable socio-cultural clash theme emerging between the US and ... the Dutch! The US P.o.V. appears to be that this is quite a good little movie, Parker being a likable hero, the story a light-hearted rendition of what could be a glorified form of reality.
All three Dutch reviewers view the world through a totally different pair of glasses it seems. They categorically and in surprisingly similar terms agree the movie is a disaster.
Far be it from me to take sides in what appears to be a dispute between cultures, on this item as wide apart as the ocean that separates them geographically. Still, based on factual observation - I saw the movie with my very own eyes - I suspect the Dutch are not too far off the mark:
"Parker Kane" is poorly made, utterly boring, and really not worth the celluloid that was no doubt wasted in its creation.
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