Live Wire (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  3 September 1992 (USA)
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Danny O'Neill is a bomb disposal expert assigned to a case where terrorists have developed an "invisible" liquid explosive which is activated within the human body. The target of the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Traveres
Mikhail Rashid
Terry O'Neill
Al Waxman ...
James Garvey
Shane Rogers
Senator Thyme
Michael St. Gerard ...
Dr. Bernard
Ivan E. Roth ...
Process Server
Selma Archerd ...
Judge Blair
Rick Cicetti ...
Senator Victor
Scott Burkholder ...
Thyme's Aide


Danny O'Neill is a bomb disposal expert assigned to a case where terrorists have developed an "invisible" liquid explosive which is activated within the human body. The target of the terrorists are US senators, one of which is having an affair with Danny's wife. Written by Rob Hartill

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Your body is 93% water... no one is safe. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and sensuality and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blind hämnd  »

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1.85 : 1
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Pierce Brosnan waxed his body hair for the film. See more »


During the fight between Danny and Al-Red (dressed as the Lemonade Clown), both guys end up submerged several times under the water in the fountain (which contained the explosive water) but yet only Al-Red suffers the effects from drinking it either. Danny was unaware of the fountain containing explosive water in it, and was submerged, so in all likeliness Danny should've suffered the same affects as Al-Red and exploded also. See more »


Danny: All right, now, what does R2D2 think?
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Followed by Live Wire 2: Human Timebomb (1995) See more »

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Brosnan and Cross playing fire with fire
28 December 2012 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This film can only be misjudged these days. "Live Wire" comes from a time when coming up with the most showy ideas and putting into a movie were something fun for our eyes to see and for audiences enjoy it as if it was the coolest thing ever created. And it has Pierce Brosnan a little before Bond, already showing up some skills when it comes to be a great action hero and a sexy ladies man.

He plays Danny O'Neill, an bomb disposal expert with lots of trouble to deal (which includes the alleged love affair his wife is having with a Senator) when a maniac (Ben Cross) decides to eliminate political targets by using an liquid explosive that is practically invisible to eyes. And one of the targets is...the Senator (played by Ron Silver). I haven't said much but I guess you already can form scenes, situations, establish connections and see how this is going to end. Ridiculously predictable to make you feel sick.

The biggest achievement of "Live Wire" is seeing the use of the invisible explosive that is easily ingested and later causes a lot of damages and deaths. It doesn't end without some shock, very similar to a heart-attack, then the eyes start to get read and boom! The courtroom scene is terrifying, just to give an example.

It's fun to watch. The cast is good, they are suitable and comfortable in their roles and they save the script of being a whole mess. Speaking of the script, this had one of the worst plot holes ever presented on screen that even a kid can easily detect: the fighting between Danny and Tony Plana's character in the fountain scene. How come such writer comes up in developing such a tense moment with these two fighting, alternately drowning each other in the explosive water but only one pays the price and blow up to pieces? How does one expect to get away with this?

With all those obstacles this manages to be thrilling, funny (specially the robot trained to find bombs who has a crush on Brosnan's character or the whole city knowing about the infidelities of his wife) and there's reasonable action sequences. Highpoint of the movie: the duel in the house where Pierce has the chance to demonstrate he knows everything about bombs, improvising explosive devices to kill the bad guys.

Goofy, relatively dumb but who cares, this is good. Don't take it too seriously and you'll see what's so good about it. 7/10

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