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400 million dollars are hidden in a boat in some harbor in South America, hidden by Dani Servigo's brother. When his brother gets killed, Dani is a wanted man - by undercover DEA agent Cole Parker and also by Armor O'Malley, who is working for drug boss Loomis. Together, Servigo and Parker search for the boat. Written by
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I think it's fair to say Christopher Lambert has had his fair share of duds
in recent years. Started off in a great way in the 80's and then it's been
one long slide into obscurity (Highlander 4 anyone?). Mario Van Peebles
career path has been pretty similar since 'Heartbreak Ridge' though he seems
to have done all right recently appearing in Ali. Anyway Gunmen' co-stars
the two the same year they appeared together in Highlander 3. The basic plot
of this South American actioner is that Dani Servigo (Lambert) is the only
one who knows the name of harbour where a boat with 400 million dollars of
drug money onboard is moored. Cole Parker (Van Peebles) is the only one who
knows the boat's name. Together they're trying to get there before Loomis
(Patrick Stewart), the drug lord the money belongs to and Armor O'Malley,
his right hand man (Dennis Leary) who's starting to strain at the
Why am I recommending this film? Well, Sam Raimi said that the success of
the Evil Dead films is dependant on how much abuse Bruce Campbell suffers. I
think it's the same with this. At one point Van Peebles is tortured for
information by being hung below a helicopter and flown through trees and
then dunked in a lake. The more they suffer the more you want them to
overcome the obstacles in their way. Mind you, Dani and Cole not the nicest
of heroes'. Actually they're a couple of complete jerks. They bicker
constantly and don't trust each other, stooping so low as to shoot each
other in leg so they other can't run off with the money (this being a early
90's action film all this does is give them slight limps, how realistic).
What makes it great to watch them is Lambert and Van Peebles aren't afraid
to go for it and it's obvious they're bouncing off each other. On top of
this we have Leary playing exactly the nasty driven character he's so good
at (don't believe me? watch Judgement Night), whether it's shooting his own
men or having people buried alive. An interesting fact to note is that this
is an early writing effort from Stephen Sommer, who went on to demonstrate
his ability with action pictures with such films as Deep Rising and The
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