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A team of skydiving crooks led by DEA-agent-turned-bad Busey specialize in landing on police roofs and breaking in so their evil computer nerd can steal undercover agents' files and sell them to drug lords. Federal Marshal Snipes lost a brother to this crew and learns skydiving with the help of tough-but-lovable instructor Butler so he can track them down. DIE HARD meets PASSENGER 57 meets CLIFFHANGER. Written by
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Typical action cheese but it's not as much fun as I'd hoped it would be
Federal marshal Pete Nessip (Wesley Snipes) and his brother; fellow marshal Terry Nessip (Malcolm Jamal Warner) are escorting a prisoner to Atlanta when the plane they are travelling on is hi-jacked by a bunch of sky-diving criminals led by former DEA agent Ty Moncrief (Gary Busey)The Nessip brothers' prisoner is taken from the marshals custody by said sky-diving criminals (in order to carry out cyber crimes on their behalf). With the help of professional sky-diver Jessie Crossman (Yancy Butler), Pete sets about stopping Moncrief and his crew whilst he simultaneously tries to avenge his brother's death...
As far as action films go then Drop Zone is probably about as generic as they come; there is very little in the way of originality offered up here and no real surprises in store, but what really lets it down is that, for the most part, it just isn't much fun to watch....
It begins with a bang and sets itself up as a tongue-in-cheek action film (which given the material and the rather sub-standard performances this is the only way it can really be looked upon), but it isn't consistently fun and it wavers wildly between dumb-ass cringe-inducing dialogue, back to serious plotting and then back to dumb-ass cringe-inducing dialogue. The director doesn't seem to know how to play the film out and by wildly switching between tones the film never really works and is either embarrassing to watch or just plain dull (and I'm still not sure what is worse).
The performances are pretty poor as well; Busey just embarrasses himself although he does at least look like he's having fun here. Butler is very wooden and brings virtually nothing to the table, but it's Snipes that was the real surprise and given how energetic he can be I was surprised by how much he underplayed the role here - although again this could be the director's fault rather than Snipes.
Drop Zone isn't a total waste though and some of the action scenes (particularly the ones at the start) give the film some life and energy and some of the sky-diving sequences are quite good (although some of these sequences seemed a tad over-indulgent - what exactly was the point of showing all of the sky-divers holding hands in a circle at several thousand feet on numerous occasions??
I really wanted to like Drop Zone as I do normally enjoy a bit of action cheese and hoped that it would be a film that I could say was 'So bad that it's good', but unfortunately, it's mostly just bad.
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