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Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars. The ending is played out with Roper and his partner McCall attempting to rescue Roper's kidnapped girlfriend. A major element in the plot is the relationship between Roper and his girlfriend. Written by
Russell, referred to into the rack track scene, is Russell Baze, the most successful jockey in the history of Thoroughbred horse racing, and a member of the United States Racing Hall of Fame. See more »
During the cable car chase, when McCall swerves to avoid the red car that flipped over, a camera is visible on the right side of the road, next to the sidewalk. See more »
[Trying to open an impound car, talking about his ex-girlfriend]
She's going out with some baseball player called Greg Barnett.
Lt. Sam Baffett:
Damn that boy can hit... and throw... and run...
[pissed off at Sam's comments]
Damn... why don't you just get some pom poms and start yelling Greg... Greg... Greg. Fuck him!
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Fast talking police negotiator Scott Roper foils a bank robbery and catches the head thief. When the thief, Korda, escapes from jail, he comes after Roper. Roper meanwhile is trying to juggle his job, his girlfriend and train a sniper to become a negotiator like him.
This film was made before Nutty Porfessor but was held back because the makers realesed it was a bit of a dog by itself and decided to wait till Nutty Professor had made Murphy hot again before riding on that wave. Sadly I was one of those fooled into thinking that the hot new Murphy had made a cool cop thriller. Rather this is a by the numbers affair that has plenty of cliches and very little spark to it.
What spark there is, is added by Murphy's motor mouth performance he is funny and lively even when the film isn't. Rapaport is also good despite everything else and British born Ejogo is good as Murphy's girlfriend. Wincott's villain is right out of a catalogue and is typical of the film's lack of initiative or spark.
Overall, like most average cop thrillers it's worth a watch once because it is just about entertaining. The problem is it is plain average. It never rises above the norm and there are much better cop thrillers out there than this. The producers and studio knew it who am I to argue.
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