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Interestingly, director Ron Howard and actor Mel Gibson were competing for Best Picture at the Oscars spring of 96 with Apollo 13 (1995) and Braveheart (1995). Braveheart won. See more »
Towards the end of the movie, Sean is lying on the bed wearing only one sock on his right foot, seconds later he is wearing both socks, seconds later again he is wearing only one sock but it is now his left foot that is bare. See more »
[through the loud rock music]
Can I have a bar of chocolate?
[sees someone familiar]
Hey, I know you.
[really tough and mean]
No, you don't! Don't look at me! You don't know me!
[puts fresh tape over his eyes]
What? Do you think this isn't happening? What? You think your dad's gonna come in and save you? Is that what you think? Well, he ain't. Nobody's coming. All right? You understand that? Nobody's coming. Because this is it for you.
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After the terrific APOLLO 13, I thought Ron Howard was ready to move on to even bigger things, Mel Gibson is good when he's given the chance to act, Richard Price is one of my favorite writers, Lili Taylor is one of my favorite actresses, and the trailer really rocked, so I was primed to see this. But it's somewhat disappointing. The filmmakers try to make a flawed hero, and Gibson certainly is that, not afraid to make his character unlikable, and we even get the psychology of a man used to having his way not having his way, and how he reacts to that. And most of the rest of the cast is good(with one exception I'll get to in a moment). As a fan of Taylor, I was especially pleased at how she was used. While she doesn't have a lot of dialogue, she gets to develop her character in a way her fellow villains don't because Howard has her on camera a lot, and she expresses a lot with her face.
But the other villains aren't well-developed. The one wrong performance(not bad, wrong) is by Gary Sinise; he tries, but he's just not convincing here, mostly sounding forced. And the last 15 minutes are melodramatic and unconvincing. The elements were all there, but it doesn't deliver.
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