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This is one of those films you see on ITV at 2.20am Thursday morning. Its
consigned to forever be overlooked, stepped on and pushed away. But it's
also a b-movie of extraordinary magnitude. A mix of horror, action,
breasts(Kim Cattral's, not Rutger Hauer's!) and witty one liners. It never
seeks to be better than it is, and in doing so is all the better for
With a name like Dick Durkin in the credits, you know you're in for a treat. True, the ending crumbles somewhat(kinda like monty python + holy grail i thought), but the rest of the film is low budget gold. The use of London is great, and the supporting characters such as Cattral and Pete Postlethwaite lend some gravitas to the movie also.
Its a fun way to spend a few hours if you dont have the company of a good women.
Any film where a police officer can call a guard dog a 'dickhead' has to worth it's weight in platinum....
Remember....if you're gonna watch it, be sure to get some BIGGER F**KING GUNS!!!!!!!
Let's face it: Hauer enjoys it. It's not about wasting his talent, it's
about earning money doing fun stuff that people will watch over and
over again through the years when it shows up on SciFi or Spike because
it's tongue-in-cheek fare that makes no bones about being anything
deeper or more meaningful than an alien's irrational fear of toilet
Not everyone is going to watch 'Remains of the Day' at 2AM. There's a time for everything--for intellectual gratification, for aesthetic stimulation--and for just plain blowing the snot out of all things alien and toothy.
On the 'mindless debauchery' scale, this film gets a 10.
Split Second was a blast to watch. This movie has all the great elements of action and horror, with a bit of the absurd to border on a cult film. Rutger Hauer is very good in this kind of film. The film is tight and there aren't alot of wasted frames. I enjoyed the characteristics of Hauer's Stone character. Watching Rutger Hauer take on a monster and scarf down some chocolate donuts was very cool. The monster itself was a very imaginitive creation and I liked that it attacked so quickly. Split Second is a great film for a rainy day or a late night feature.
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It was a great movie. The ambiance was brilliant, the film was
well-shot, the characters were cheesy and over-the-top,
the monster ripped out hearts...
Basically, this movie was what Predator 2 WANTED to be. And failed.
The monster was scary looking. Its death was appropriate.
The symbols carved into people's chests were freaky. EVERYTHING was awesome.
But don't watch this movie if you don't like cheese. This movie has no shame about going way, way over the top.
Towards the end, it starts to resemble Big Trouble in Little China. Which is, as we all know, a good thing.
Rutger Hauer rocks!!! As he always does. Now I may be a bit biased as I am a huge fan of the mans work. Has been ever since Bladerunner. This movie has an extreemly thin plot, campy acting, moody gritty alleys, a big scary monster and big cool guns. Hauer is awesome in his leather coat, cigar, sunglasses and with the biggest baddest handgun ever. This movie rocks. Watch it!
The nerve of some of you. "I was expecting a Hollywood masterpiece" WHAT?? It's a Rutger Hauer movie you mindless spawns of ignorance! For what it was, It was a damn good film. Anyone with a brain knows before buying it, renting it, that it it ain't Oscar material folks. It's a low budget sci-fi that happens to be pretty damn good. I thought the alien was good, and not cheesy or hokie looking, the idea of the flooding and constant raining was pretty clever, and the time frame was believable to me. Lighten up losers. This "B flick" blows away a lot of "A flicks" see "War Of The Worlds". Yes, different strokes for different folks, but those of you who thought this flick was a waste of time, should't be renting sci-fi videos but probably should be sticking to your typical mainstream cinema, you know the stuff you think is so "movie genius", like Broke back Mountain.
If you don't like B-movies, then you should stop reading this review
right now, and drop any interest in Split Second.
If you do DO like B-movies, check this one out, because it is a quintessential cult flick. Great hammy acting by Rutger Hauer and some of the supporting cast. (Note that great hammy acting is considerably different than great acting). The director actually did pretty well, establishing the post-apocalyptic mood with reasonable skill. The effects are godawful, but neat, just as it should be in this kind of movie. Lots of great one liners, especially from Hauer.
All in all, if you enjoy those good-because-they're-bad sci-fi flicks, this is a mighty enjoyable one. If you're looking for meaningful cinema... ummm.. well what are you doing looking up a movie about an alien serial killer?
A great film set in a dystopian future London. Well paced and interestingly plotted, with an emphasis on the proper human reaction to a seemingly unkillable monster - bigger guns. A classic for its music, dialogue and firepower.
Split Second is great at what it does delivering fast paced action
filled b-movie sci-fi / noir. The acting is actually quite good, the
plot interesting and well constructed and the action sequences just
about deliver the goods on what was no doubt a tight budget.
Rutger Hauer does OK as the tough guy cop Harley Stone without ever really excelling, congratulations should go to Neil Duncan who brought humour to the movie as the irrepressible Detective Dick Durkin, Kim Cattral makes a pre sex in the city film appearance and does OK with the limited scope she's given.
It's an entertaining bit if sci-fi fluff the influences are obvious Blade Runner, Predator and Alien instantly spring to mind It never scales the heights of those films to transcend it's genre and as such is unlikely to appeal to anyone who doesn't go for this kind of B-movie style entertainment. However it does provide a good hour and a half of solid entertainment in an interesting environment, the rain lashed semi flooded London is an interesting premise and is explored as much as budget allows.
If you want good plot, fine acting and very big guns wrapped in a nice bit of trashy sci-fi then this could be the one for you. 7/10
Dick Durkin (Neil Duncan) is the reason to watch 'Split Second'. Dick's
plenty competent as the newly assigned partner of Harley Stone (Rutger
Hauer) as the beginning unfolds, but he clearly questions whether
Harley is fully sane.
However, as his character evolves along with the evidence of the case he's on, and especially in the moments immediately after the conversion of his partnership with Harley, the presentation of 'Dick' by Duncan is pure fun just to watch.
Decent action, decent suspense, plus a portion of horror and sci-fi. But watch it for Dick Durkin.
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