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Hardcore Hitchcock fans should take umbrage at the homage paid the
master of suspense in the Bret Ratner movie "After The Sunset,"
starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris,
and Don Cheadle. The second time that the two male leads confront each
other, they briefly discuss the Cary Grant/Grace Kelly film classic
that Alfred Hitchcock helmed in 1955. Indeed, this adroitly-staged
tribute to "To Catch A Thief" wins points for subtlety, because most
audiences will miss it. Brosnan asks Harrelson to return his DVD rental
copy of the movie before the deadline. Unfortunately, "After The
Sunset" suffers by comparison with Hitchcock's slickly-done piece of
superior artifice. Clearly, "After The Sunset" doesn't belong in the
same league with "To Catch A Thief." Similarly, as electronic
surveillance heist thrillers go, "After The Sunset" offers no new
combinations. Freshman scenarist Paul Zbyszewski of TV's "The Weakest
Link" and co-writer Craig Rosenberg of "Hotel de Love" (1996) prefer to
recycle clichés in this predictable potboiler. Ratner shoulders part of
the blame, since he shot every scene that they wrote. Basically, "After
The Sunset" represents Bret Ratner at his worst. Ratner's first film
"Money Talks" (1997) far surpasses this half-baked hokum. A seasoned
cast of veterans and the inviting Caribbean scenery cannot overshadow
the shortcomings of this tired, oft-told tale. Actually, the 1975 Peter
Sellers/Inspector Clouseau comedy "The Return of the Pink Panther"
ranks as the best known "To Catch A Thief" remake. In the Sellers
version they paid homage to Hitchcock with the rather apt line: "To
catch a thief one must be a thief." Interestingly, "After The Sunset"
appropriates the amiable antics between hero and villain in the Ryan
O'Neal crime comedy "The Thief Who Came To Dinner" (1973). O'Neal
treats his adversary like his best friend, so he can manipulate him
with greater ease. Compared to Brosnan's earlier stolen goods yarn "The
Thomas Crown Affair," "After The Sunset" is sinks below the horizon.
The footloose action opens with an improbable but entertaining gem heist that owes more to Brosnan's own James Bond extravaganza "Tomorrow Never Dies." Remember the scene when 007 drove the car from the back-seat with a remote control gadget? Professional jewel thief Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan of "Die Another Day") and his sexy girlfriend Lola Cirillo (Salma Hayek of "Frida") mastermind a high-tech robbery on wheels. The FBI is transporting a priceless French diamond, and Special Agent Stan Lloyd (Woody Harrelson of "Play It To The Bone") is in charge of seeing that the stone gets to its destination without his long-time nemesis Max stealing it. Max and Stan have a history, we learn, because Max has stolen a diamond from Stan before and gotten away scot-free. Now, even as Stan rides in an armor- plated convoy of impregnable SUVs with an army of FBI shooters, he fears that Max may strike. Suddenly, the indestructible SUV designed to shield him from terrorists becomes his Achilles heel. Literally, Max commandeers the vehicle with his remote control and steers the SUV away from the FBI, with Stan struggling helplessly inside with no way to override Max's control. Happily, Ratner orchestrates these shenanigans with such verve that you probably won't question the logic that governs this all-too-perfect heist. Eventually, they gas Stan and take the bauble. Before he passes out, Stan puts a .38 slug into our hero's shoulder and draws blood. Everything after this scene amounts to an exercise in anti-climax. Nevertheless, Max and Lola elude capture and retire to the Caribbean where they plan to tie the knot. Special Agent Lloyd has other ideas, especially when he discovers that a cruise ship with another fabulous French diamond has docked at Max's island. Lola wants Max to write his wedding vows and forget about the diamond. Stan nags him about the gem. If he can goad Max into stealing the diamond, Stan believes he can bust him. At the same time, Max has quietly grown fed-up with eating lobster in paradise. Eventually, a smooth-talking island gangster Henri Moree (Don Cheadle of "Swordfish") rears his oily head and coerces Max into helping him snatch the ice. Along the way, a feisty female island cop Sophie (Naomie Harris of "28 Days Later"), who lives for the day when she can bust Moree, hooks up with Stan and helps him harass Max.
Presumably, "After The Sunset" looked better on paper to the New Line Cinema executives who green lighted it. Although Ratner maintains a breezy, lighthearted pace throughout its frivolous 100 minute running time, this crime comedy lacks imagination. The plot revolves around a chess-like game of one-upmanship. The impossible jewel heist that the movie uses as a centerpiece for suspense poses few obstacles for our nimble-witted hero. The unexpected never happens. Brosnan and Hayek make the perfect romantic couple. Watch what they're doing when you first see them in paradise. Sadly, however, after the slam-bang opening gambit, "After The Sunset" gives Hayek little to do other than model bikinis and flaunt cleavage. For the record, Hayek presents about as much of her pulchritude as the PG -13 rating would permit. Meanwhile, the cat & mouse by-play between Brosnan and Harrelson is amusing enough. "After The Sunset" provides more spills than thrills. The scene where Brosnan and Harrelson wind up in bed together qualifies as the film's funniest laugh. The first act that establishes the Brosnan/Harrelson rivalry shows promise, but the second act complicates things with the additional characters. Everything unravels in the third act, and the ending feels shoe-horned. Indeed, the action book-ends together neatly enough, but the overall effect is less than satisfactory. Skip "After The Sunset."
I have a great love of films that involve someone beating the odds then
walking off into the sunset with a bloated dufflebag full of money.
SUNSET is exactly that. Brosnan plays a professional thief who walks off into the sunset, namely the Caymans, after stealing a diamond from FBI agent Woody Harrelson. of course, once in the Caymans, Brosnan who is so cocky and so cooler-than-thou, as we are made aware by his constant smirking expression, is soon bored of banging Salma Hayek's perfect caboose and decides to do just one more job, even though he has everything a man could want.
This film had potential, as i have met con artists and thieves who have walked away with the goods and disappeared offshore. So I was expecting something good. This film is just so by the numbers bad that in the first 5 minutes you know you have wasted the price of admission.
To begin with, the first heist is beyond James Bond suspension of disbelief: we are in science fiction. Brosnan, obviously doing this solely for the paycheck and not even looking interested as he boffs Hayek, manages to take control of Harrelson's computer controlled FBI car (don't ask) and kidnap him, in broad daylight, but also while under surveillance by the FBI. If he started to shoot ray beams out of his eyes, I wouldn't have been surprised by this point.
Harrelson plays the whole thing with the realism of Larry Moe and Curly; he is played for laughs and his performance is like something out of a Disney film, at best.
The final heist is again so incredible, so slick but with no explanation of how or where Brosnan managed to acquire all the technology or means to pull it off that it falls flat.
In the end, Brosnan's constant sneer of superiority, I felt, was somewhat merited, as he got paid US$20M to spew this out, while I got nothing to watch it. Talk about phoning it in, the grizzled, over the hill actor could have been replaced by a mannequin and no one would have noticed. I have added this review to the ones on IMDb as they are so radiant and effusive that you'd think SUNSET was this generation's CITIZEN CANE: it's not.
To cap it all off, a good deal of the dialog seems to have been hijacked to promote ... wait for it... Brosnan's watch! Yes, OK, it is the OMEGA SEAMASTER which i hope to one day own, but that's not the point. Brosnan is obviously paid a hefty retainer check to flog the OMEGA and it looks like, Brosnan has actually managed to hijack the film to market OMEGA ! I'm not making this up! The idea was that Woody is envious of Brosnan's posh lifestyle and total cool edge and turns to crime, and this is symbolized by the two men constantly comparing watches: Brosnan has the OMEGA while Woody sports a Casio or something. In the end scene, Woddy makes it big, as shown by the OMEGA which he can finally buy and ---believe it or not----he HOLDS UP TO THE CAMERA WITH A SMILING FACE... and the shot is held for two or three seconds! Holy product placement batman! It looks like an ad from TIME MAGAZINE or something! All in all, this is yet another film that could have been something, that could have meant something in my personal mythology even, but instead just made me feel stupid for having undergone it.
This is one big long so-what commercial for a sprawling hotel in the
Bahamas and it winds up being as duh as the flat beaches it seeks to
glamorize. Amazingly for a heist movie featuring gorgeous beings it
fails to generate either suspense or romantic heat. The direction is so
unimaginative that it compares favorably with the dreary movie
commercials one is forced to view in cineplexes before getting to the
feature. The most imaginative it gets is in producing the mandatory car
chase at the beginning rather than towards the end.
What a waste of beautiful and often talented people said to be actors. It's painful to watch Woody Harrelson playing badly the FBI fool and Salma Hayek exposing her beauty and little else. This is commercial movie-making near its worst; everyone involved with this production should be sentenced to a course in remedial film-making or a lifetime of sipping the treacly multicolor fruit-laced "tropical drinks" that show up every few hundred frames. The script features lines that possess all the grace of dry cement, including a priceless comment about a huge cruise ship sailing back to Paris; at last sighting the French capital was deep inland, on the banks of the Seine river where one would be lucky to float anything drawing more than 10 feet.
One suspects this movie was shot as a winter pastime in the sun for cast and crew in exchange for a freebie stay at a sprawling hotel that looks like a pink-walled high-rise version of San Quentin prison on Paradise Island --a misnomer if there ever was one judged from the primitive antics herein depicted. You'd be well advised to head elsewhere before or after sunset.
'After the Sunset' is about Pierce Bronsan, a retired jewel thief. At
the beginning he steals a diamond, but the heist scene isn't very good
at all, and neither is this movie. So the movie starts where most heist
movies end, in paradise. This movie is so stupid because Pierce Bronsan
doesn't really want to steal the diamond until this idiot of an FBI
agent comes and tricks him into it. The whole movie is pretty dumb, its
just Brosnan, Hayek and Harrelson goofing off on an island, then
eventually some sort of plot picks up, Don Cheadle recruits Brosnan to
steal the diamond, then he gives Don Cheadle the plans on how to do it,
but he really is just using that as a decoy so he can steal the
diamond. This film has a very loose plot that isn't very gripping, and
the actual heist scene is very childish and simple.
I spit on this movie, Mwahah!
Perhaps a lobotomized mollusk could endure this paint-by-the numbers
masterpiece. Even Salma Hayek in a skimpy bikini and lingerie can't
save this contrived nonsense. However, I must admit that Woody
Harrelson playing Stanley Lloyd, a doofus FBI agent is worth a chuckle.
If Stanley is based on a real agent, it is easy to understand why the
FBI bungled the 9/11 attacks against the Twin Towers in Manhattan and
In reality, this seems to be a lame sequel to the revised version of the The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. Except, this time, Pierce has switched from stealing art to jewels.
There are so many holes in the script that you could drive convoys through them. For example, Agent Stan is suspended by the FBI after allowing Max to steal a rare diamond that was in a case carried by Stan. But, although suspended from the Bureau, Stan magically appears in Nassau, Bahamas, with his gun, badge, identification card and six suitcases of high-tech surveillance equipment. And, he walks right through Bahamian Customs without anyone questioning.
This was a big-budget movie (estimated at $58 million) which was initially released by New Line Cinema during 12 November 2004. It never made money. After two years the worldwide gross was a meager $61.3 million which means New Line only received approximately $30 million.
It is difficult to believe that Pierce, Salma, Woody and Don Cheadle read the pathetic script by Paul Zbyszewski (who during 2010 became co-executive producer of the Hawaii Five-O TV series). Apparently, director Brett Ratner simply offered big money and they gladly conspired to swindle the public. Obviously, New Line and Brett Ratner thought Pierce, Salma, Woody and Don in a movie was a slam dunk.
The love-story subplot between Pierce and Salma is pathetic and the pseudo love scenes are lame. But, they are magnificent compared to the bi-racial love story between Woody and Naomie Harris, who plays Sophie, a local Nassau cop. During their big love scene she receives a call on her cell phone and pushes Woody away. He begs for five minutes. "Can you do it in two minutes," she asks. He says "yes" and begins humping while they are still wearing underwear.
I won't bother explaining the idiotic ending other than to say it is appropriate for a Saturday morning kid's show.
If you're going to make a derivative and lazy by the numbers formula
flick at least make the scenery and backdrop look good.
The bulk of After the Sunset is filmed in the Bahamas.
The amazing natural features, pleasant tones and breathtaking peaks, valleys and curves are indeed a worthwhile and pleasing distraction but enough about Salma Hayek.
I flicked through a few quotes after I watched After the Sunset the other night. The best (by far) said "Even with the presence of Salma Hayek the biggest boobs in After the Sunset are Woody Harrelson and Pierce Brosnan". Quite a few of the rest mentioned her beauty specifically as the only thing (or things) the film had going for it.
I thought about this while was watching the film and only half agree, for while Salma is astonishing to look at and her cleavage should have received a supporting actor credit I actually think she was miscast here. At 5 foot tall if she's luck and blessed with a near perfect if gravity defying hourglass figure Salma is not at home in a bikini, I think a taller woman (eg: Charlise Theron or similar) would be more realistic as the fun loving beach babe in bikinis sidekick to Pierce Brosnan's smooth and erudite master crim.
While Salma has held on to my #1 spot for 15 years so far, and seeing her in the bikini, catching some side-boob and generally watching her ass wobble about during the film was of great delight, but I don't think she was right for the film.
All that said what is After the Sunset about? Well Max (Brosnan) and Lola (Hayek) are master jewel thieves, having stolen some of the most renowned and valuable diamonds in history.
After an impossible and implausible heist in Los Angeles where they hoodwink FBI gem-escort Agent Lloyd (Woody Harrelson) with a hand held remote control device that allows them to commandeer a 4WD with Lloyd in it, the duo head to the Bahamas to see out to their retirement in the luxurious surroundings.
Lola embraces the opportunity and spends her days with a variety of activities, and the nights at dinner with new found friends sourced from her daily adventures. Max on the other hand grows tired of the inactivity and refuses to pick up a hobby. He is bored. (Wait up isn't he with Salma Hayek? There's a hobby for the next couple decades right there!) After 6 months or so Agent Lloyd tracks them down, as the Bahamas are out of his jurisdiction he can't nab the pair aside from that he has no evidence anyway so he basically reintroduces himself to Max and starts stalking them day and night, shadowing their every move. Lloyd seems convinced that Max and Lola are merely biding their time until their last remaining conquest arrives in town, a diamond on display on a local cruise ship in town for one week only.
Don Cheadle pops up as a local crim who thinks Max should steal the diamond for him 'for the good of the town' (though the best actor in the film gets only two scenes), and a local hot cop named Sophie appears so Woody has a reason for his name.
You laughing yet? In essence the film is in three parts, the first ridiculous, the middle likable but bland and the final once again ridiculous. Aside from logic holes and miscasting (I've mentioned Salma but Woody Harrelson as a crack FBI agent?) there isn't much to hate about After the Sunset, but the fact is aside from Salma and the cop Sophie there isn't much to like.
I just hope all involved got a tan.
Final Rating 5 / 10. Another Paris Hilton film, pretty and calculating on the outside, but vacant and devoid of substance or intelligence.
A pity, I was waiting for so much more. Like a bad James Bond; too
straight forward with no real smart ideas or twists.
Filming is of high quality in the style of Ocean's 11 etc.
Acting is fine as you would expect with this crew but the movie as whole leaves you feeling really empty. This pair that's supposed to be a couple of highly skilled and smart thieves come of as charmy and cute but not really smart above the average. Which is a pity because both could have pulled it off.
Small scale action with very shallow plot. Tech gadgets without really smart application of them etc. All in all like a bad modern day James Bond movie.
For _light_ entertainment or if you are fairly bored (prepare to be even more after this).
Woody Harrelson and Don Cheadle really make whatever there is to make of this movie. They have all the best scenes, and Harrelson's character seems to be the most developed of any of the cast. Brosnan pretty much phoned this one in, and I think the movie would have been better if Salma Hayek's character was just eliminated. There was no reason to believe a relationship between her and Brosnan would have ever materialized and her role as the voice of "conscience" was unnecessary and ultimately was overridden anyway. Additionally, there was a good enough build up before the heist, but the actual heist itself was disappointing. Overall: 6/10; some good scenes but ultimately falls flat.
The tagline for this movie is "Who will walk away?", and I'm wondering
if it's a test. I almost walked out of the theater at least three
times, but I kept saying to myself that it would probably get better. I
really should have known better.
This film claims to have it all (adventure, romance, comedy, crime, thriller, etc.), but it didn't do any of those things very well. Almost everything this film tried to do has been done many, many times before, and in most cases, much better.
It also seems to me that the director just wasn't sure what kind of movie he wanted to make, so he just spliced a bunch of scenes together and tried to make a complete film out of it. A lot of scenes could have been taken out completely because they added absolutely nothing to the plot or character development. It appears it was a struggle to find enough footage to make a 100-minute feature film.
As far as the acting goes, I haven't seen less chemistry between two supposedly romantic leads in a very long time. In fact, Pierce Brosnan seems to be more comfortable in his scenes with Woody Harrelson than with Salma Hayek. The scenes are done so abruptly that they aren't credible, and they don't add to the character development in the least. It looks like the actors couldn't wait to finish filming so they could go back to watching the paint dry on their neighbor's new fence.
The most ironic thing about After the Sunset is that it's supposed to be a heist movie, but it really only succeeds at stealing your time and money. Actually, now that I think about it, that's probably what the tagline means. They want to find out who will walk away and who will sit there and freely give up $10 and 100 minutes of their life. I had a free pass to see this at an advance screening, and I still think watching this was a waste of my money.
Pierce Brosnan and Selma Hayek star as retiring jewel thieves in After
the Sunset, the newest film by Brett Ratner. Full of beautiful
Caribbean backdrops and full of clever dialogue and heist ideas make
this movie a surprisingly decent experience.
Injured in his 'last' big score, Max Burdett (Brosnan) retires to an undisclosed tropical island with his partner Lola (Hayek). However, unable to let the past stay behind him, Max's FBI arch-nemesis Stan Lloyd (Woody Harrelson) follows the two, certain they are merely lying in wait, setting up for the next job. A campy cat-and-mouse game ensues, growing to include an island police officer played by Naomie Harris (28 Days Later) and the island's crime boss (Don Cheadle). Max is suddenly faced with the great temptation of finishing what he started, stealing the last of three invaluable diamonds, or settling down and getting a real hobby.
And as most of Brett Ratner's movies turn into 'buddy pictures' (Money Talks, Rush Hour 1 and 2), mortal enemies Max and Lloyd develop an interesting friendship, leading to some honestly laugh-out-loud moments. This relationship becomes one of the most engaging elements on camera.
As a strange mix of action/adventure, crime thriller, and comedy, After the Sunset works for the most part. It begins a bit slowly, focusing on various scenes with a nearly naked Selma Hayek more than exposition. Finally, the Fed Lloyd enters and the film truly begins.
It is amazing how much sexuality and language this movie can get away with.
It is rated PG-13 but could easily pass as an R
Both acting and casting are as good as they are bad. Woody Harrelson is great as the lovable loser Lloyd, stealing many scenes from both Brosnan and Harris. Watching Selma Hayek act is a bit painful at some parts, and the movie unapologetically shows its casting choice was based on her body more than any actual talent. Don Cheadle plays the only realistic character as a determined kingpin, and is tragically barely in the movie at all. For someone billed fourth in a movie, you would expect more than a handful of scenes with more than one of the stars. And lastly, typecasting Pierce Brosnan has hit an all-time low. In this movie, he operates a car on remote control just like he did in Tomorrow Never Dies, and has a character so generic for him, a simple name change could make this the sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair.
Camera work and editing is solid, however a some dialogue is too clichéd and some jokes fall flat. The story itself offers few surprises before a nice little twist at the end. Any complaints with the story or screenplay can be explained fairly easily, though: Paul Zbyszewski's only other writing work was for the TV show The Weakest Link.
After the Sunset is much better than you would expect, a good example of a popcorn movie with its cool heists and a few very funny moments. And not much else.
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