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A gunman ties up an actor and locks him in his dressing room just before a performance. He also puts a bomb with a 90-minute timer next to the actor. Then, he goes to a room above an LA plaza and draws a bead on the actor's lover, international arms dealer, Liberty Wallace. Calling himself "Joe," he calls her cell phone, demonstrates that a rifle is pointed at her, and tells her to cuff herself to a hot-dog cart nearby (the cuffs are there). Over the next 90 minutes, the story unfolds: as a result of his daughter's death, he wants a public debate on the Second Amendment. As Liberty begins to bond with Joe on the phone, he gets some truths from her - and his revenge. Written by
The multiple shots about sniper nest show, his rifle has set position to cover area around hot dog stand and covering area is very narrow because of opened only last bottom slot in louvers. However, when Liberty's husband killers (and later from CIA) start shooting on Liberty from building roof or top car park level, Joe found them in his sniper scope and hit them. The view from scope showing picture, that rifle is on same level or below of target, but for such angle sniper would must change angle of rifle to position, where are closed louvers. And he definitely would not move louvers, it would reveal his position. Especially when all SWAT snipers was around. See more »
Wesley Snipes holds Linda Fiorentino hostage at a distance
"Liberty Stands Still" (2002), the product of writer-director Kari Skogland, is a sub-par motion picture, one that's hard to like. It's a lot easier to see its negatives than to find positives in it.
Wesley Snipes plays an ex-CIA agent whose daughter has been killed by gunshot in an episode of school violence. He wants to generate debate on the Second Amendment and he wants revenge on the man (Oliver Platt) who heads the company that manufactured the gun. He knows that man from past dealings, and Platt's company sells lots of arms globally. Platt married into the firm when he married Linda Fiorentino, who has the character name Liberty Wallace. Snipes has devised a scheme whereby he gets Fiorentino chained to an ice cream stand that has a bomb in it, while he presents a threat as a sniper from a nearby building. He wants to get her to question the merits of her company and her role in it, and he wants to bring Platt to the scene.
For several reasons, this story falls quite flat. First, it's very hard to make any political issue, like gun rights, into the central aspect of any film. We get some understanding of the Snipes character and what he's after, but the Liberty Wallace character is a big question. It's very hard to pin down her thinking and behavior, and the same with her husband, Platt. Second, there is an awful lot of back and forth between Snipes and Fiorentino that goes nowhere. This is tedious. Third, the role of the police and some federal snipers is quite confused and rather passive. Fourth, Ms. Fiorentino doesn't project in her part anything that grabs us. Her acting is prone to nervous mannerisms that do not gel into a character. By contrast, the acting of Snipes is the biggest merit in this movie. Fifth, the story itself is weak. Where does it actually go? It has one basic plot point, that Fiorentino is chained and Snipes is playing her. There's a time limit built into it, but this doesn't ignite suspense as it should. There's a lover of Fiorentino who may be blown up by a second bomb, but this isn't handled with suspense either.
This project is a misfire with limited interest. It's not a complete bomb, but it's in that direction.
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