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Black Cat Run has a plot that could be written on a napkin, and drives down a well-traveled road, but generates more excitement than many "better written" movies. It's a chase film -- the hero tries to overtake and rescue his captured girlfriend before he himself is caught by pursuing policemen. But in it car stunts that we've seen many times before seem fresh and exciting, and the bad guys, who are almost as uniformly menacing as the monsters in a horror movie, are still authentically scary. The closest parallel is Spielberg's Duel, in which the characters are monotoned, the plot is straightforward and simple, but the thrills are real. In both cases, the director deserves the credit for knowing how to pace, time, frame, and present simple material in order to involve the audience emotionally.
"That boy's dumber than a barrel of hair," actually an unexpectedly funny line from the movie. Some one-of-a-kinds. This movie isn't necessarily a mystery (as IMDB listed), not necessarily an action/drama as stored at Movie Gallery, and surprisingly by the laughs I got, isn't necessarily a comedy. It will not win any awards, but it's a bunch of entertainment in one box! Did anyone take Smokey and the Bandit seriously - besides people who went out and bought black Trans Ams - but, it was great for two hours of looks. And so is "Black Cat Run." Warning: Overwhelming shoot 'em in the head violence, but there's lots going on here and the gore just comes and goes - not as revolting as you would guess. Jake Busey adds more than his annoying character takes away. There were a couple of reviews I ignored when I gave this movie a dance. If you even remotely like squealing tires, dusty car chases, or a guy fighting for his girl, dance a little baby.
Okay, so maybe the budget wasn't quite that miniscule, but you can tell
isn't one of the pictures that would be "big" enough for a Joel Silver or a
Jerry Bruckheimer to bother with. But that's fine, because even with the
tried-and-true action sequences, the execution is well-done and fast-paced.
Frank Darabont contributes some solid character development, a real change
for an action picture, so anybody out there with ADD may want to
fast-forward through the first third. Of course it won't make any sense
without the initial set-up, but since when did that bother the majority of
the audience this flick is aimed at?
And to paraphrase the old saying, what's the most important thing about a low-budget action flick? Casting, casting, casting. You'll never find nastier or more dependable villains than the ones that Peter Greene (THE MASK, PULP FICTION) and Kevin J. O'Connor (DEEP RISING, THE MUMMY) specialize in. Not to mention Russell Means, for that extra touch of "desert ethnicity." Patrick Muldoon and Jake Busey were castmates in Paul Verhoeven's STARSHIP TROOPERS, and character favorites Rex Linn, Jeffrey DeMunn and Lois Chiles round out the lineup. Can't go wrong with a roster like that.
Not a movie that pretends to be anything but what it is, so when you want high-speed chases and shoot-'em-up, blow-'em-up-real-good sequences, fire up the VCR with this one, pop the popcorn and have at it.
Caught this on HBO. Thoroughly enjoyed it but not one for the kiddies to watch. Gratuitous violence wasn't necessary but more shots of female lead would have been appreciated. For someone living up here in the Northeast it was very interesting seeing the landscape down in the Southwest. Bottom line was that I was entertained and this could be a cult film staple. Catch this one if you can.
The Car that is in this movie is by far my favorite car ever for any car enthusiast you would like this movie for that specific reason. (It's an Olds 442 with A big Nitrous Bottle) Cars are my life so that is why I love this movie so Much Hopefully you will enjoy the movie as well just keep an open mind about all of the poor acting but there are some up and coming Stars such as Jake Busey, who is in the new Road House 2 movie. As we all know Jake Busey is the son of Gary Busey the wacky but extremely good actor Who has stared in numurous movies with some of my favorite being another Black Sheep in which he plays a really crazy war veteran but can you really imagine Gary Busey playing any other character but a crazy one? I really like him on celebrity fit club too he was the heart and soul of the whole program during that season.
I've read the other reviews posted here so far, and pretty much agree
with all of them, both good and bad. It isn't an Oscar movie and yeah,
there are some silly -- and typical -- violations of physics and logic
in places. Despite those flaws, I really enjoyed this one a lot. All
the characters felt real -- at least, real enough for an action movie.
Some very droll lines sprinkled around, although not enough to
recommend it simply on that basis. The pacing was good and I never knew
for sure what was coming next. I felt like the movie had a good sense
of itself and held its direction throughout.
The one thing I want to call out, though, which nobody else has mentioned, is the luscious soundtrack. Some really tasty, slow guitar on top of businesslike chord structures. It's not flashy, but it is soulful and sweet. Great sounds and the mixing was spot on: the music was there when it should be but never stepped on any dialogue. Great job!
I wouldn't mind having this soundtrack, and I never say that.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I was trucking along down the back roads of Texas. When all of the
sudden, a platoon of smokies is headed my way at a high rate of speed.
I instinctively looked into my right convex before I pulled over on the
shoulder. But there was a sweet black Olds 422 riding the shoulder at
about my trailer tandems. Just as soon as the smokies passed,the 422
took off like a trucker headed for the buffet table. Im thinking maybe
Mr 422 had a thing with the sheriffs daughter.
Amelia Heinkle and Lois Chiles is hot!!
---One Truck Drivers Opinion---
Small budget action film with strong Frank Darabont (Shawshank,
Green Mile) characters and nice direction. Better than most 60
million dollar studios films. Rent it and have some fun.
Homage to old UIP action film
I really like this movie.It is always nice to see the very hot and
Peter Greene play the mean,nasty villain and of course the very beautiful
Amelia Heinle.I can't forget Patrick Muldoon.He was hot in this movie
Lots of action and I love the cool cars.The only part of the movie I had a problem with is when Johnny Dale backed out of the garage through a brick wall being so close...*L*....Overall the movie was awseome and full of excitement.
First off, "Black Cat Run" will be a totally pleasant surprise. It has real entertainment value. In a way it kind of reminds me of the movie "Breakdown", with Kurt Russell. Both films involve a relentless pursuit to save a girl from as sadistic, quite unhinged villain. In "Breakdown it was J.T. Walsh. Here it's Peter Greene. Special mention must be made of the excellent camera work and stunts. Also, the desert locations are used to great advantage. Character development is good and the story moves along quite nicely. This film is not for the squeamish, as the violence is brutal and quite graphic. Highly recommended, and very re- watchable. - MERK
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