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Not enough action, nor laughs for an action-comedy, but thanks to the good cast it's quite enjoyable!

6/10
Author: fred-kolb from USA
22 July 2010

Although the James Bond movie franchise is among the most successful and popular ones ever, playing the title role doesn't automatically guarantee future success in other projects. Except Sean Connery, who made several huge hits and won an Oscar in 1988, none of the other actors ever managed to make an impact in the film industry again. George Lazenby. Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton all made appearances in small and obscure films, but ultimately they were never really heard of again. And now, it's Pierce Brosnan's turn to show that he is a good enough actor to leave the typecasting of the James Bond role, and appear in projects that appeal to the audience, and challenge him as a performer.

While this is certainly not a film that requires a lot of acting from any of its actors, Pierce Brosnan turns his image around by 180 degrees, playing someone on the other side of the law, with a shabby beard and an addiction for stealing high-priced jewels. Silly and ridiculous at times, "After the Sunset" is nonetheless an entertaining heist flick, with one or the other surprise.

Max and Lola Burdett are among the most successful jewel thieves the world has ever seen and for years they have been stealing some of the most valuable diamonds. After a really big heist, where they steal the diamond directly out of the car of FBI agent Stan Lloyd whom they put to sleep, the couple decides to retire and moves to the Bahamas. But eventually Lloyd shows up, convinced that Max is planning to steal the famous Napoleon III diamond from an exhibit on a ship that is docked in Nassau for three weeks. Max swears to Lola that he has no intention to steal the diamond, but she is reluctant to believe him, especially since he hasn't written his wedding vows yet, something he promised to do months ago already. After paying the exhibit the visit, Max is introduced to Henri Moore, one of the greatest criminals on the island, who needs the diamond to finance his so-called "humanitarian program". But Moore already has local policewoman Sophie after her, who teams up with Lloyd, to get her the attention of her superiors, to regain Lloyd's reputation, and to bring Burdett behind bars.

Brett Ratner, who already directed the successful action-comedy film "Rush Hour" with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, makes another film in that genre, but this time can't seem to find the right balance between the two. Although I did laugh maybe half a dozen times, this is not really a film that aims for laughs, but on the other hand doesn't have enough action to compensate for the lack of them. So, this film is not exactly a great representative of its kind, but I would be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy it. Maybe it's the fact that this film could have easily been used as a promotional movie for tourism on the Bahamas and its all there, the alcoholic beverages, the white beaches, the tropical vegetation, and in the middle two fugitives appreciating a luxurious lifestyle. I doubt there is a better way to promote a career being a criminal rather than one in law enforcement, and although the entire premise is completely ludicrous, it's certainly not the first time the people on the wrong side of the law get to spend more money in a day than a federal agent gets on his paycheck for ten years. But the relationship between Agent Lloyd and Max Burdett, who are playing somewhat of a cat and mouse game, is funny and while I had a hard time believing that Lloyd is trying to arrest Max, it's absolutely hilarious how Max tries to bribe him into leaving him alone, like paying for the famous bridge suite in the Atlantis Hotel.

Probably the best thing about this film is its array of usual suspects in unusual roles, all ahead of course Pierce Brosnan, who throws off the gentleman image that comes with playing James Bond. Leaving his shirts half unbuttoned and wearing a shabby gray beard, he is a lot of fun in this movie, and it's good to see him taking on some roles completely different than what he did before. Salma Hayek, who is thirteen years younger than Brosnan, looks incredibly hot and sexy in this film, and for the entire film I had absolutely no clue what took Max so long to write his wedding vows, considering he would be married to such a gorgeous woman. Woody Harrelson plays Agent Stan Lloyd, a colorful and instantly sympathetic character, and although nobody would probably want him to succeed to arrest Max and Lola, one can't help but feel sorry for him when he constantly laments about how the two make him look like a clown in front of his superiors, and especially, members of the opposite sex. Naomie Harris is a lot of fun as the native Bahamian cop, who has no problem proving her point to the people with a little more violence than necessary. And then there's Don Cheadle as a humanitarian island gangster boss, who is hilarious in his role, but unfortunately completely underused and rarely on screen.

So, while "After the Sunset" might not be the biggest catch out there, it is quite a bit of fun, and not a complete waste of time. The actors take their roles with a lot of humor, and especially Brosnan, Harrelson, and for the five minutes he's in this film, Don Cheadle are absolutely hilarious to watch. Salma Hayek and Naomie Harris are both adorable, and the latter makes a good figure as the no-nonsense cop. If the money is short, or you can't get away from work, this film will have to do as a replacement for a vacation, and after sipping a margarita or two, you will totally have the island atmosphere in your home. Or at least almost.

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Could have been so much better

7/10
Author: winstonfg from Belgium
30 May 2010

With the cast on show (not to mention Salma Hayek looking particularly luscious) you'd have thought this film would have been an entertainment shoo-in, but it consistently fails to quite hit the mark. For a man who played Remington Steele, Pierce Brosnan looks surprisingly out-of-sorts as Max Burdett, the Sir Charles Lytton-type master thief who is nudged into retirement by his capable but long-suffering girlfriend and cohort (Hayek). Funnily enough, I thought Woody Harrelson, who makes a good fist of his role as the hapless FBI agent obsessed with catching Burdett, might have been better in the lead role, with someone like Chris Penn (sadly underused) playing his part.

As others have said, the scenery is gorgeous, but the actors are burdened with a script which has some good ideas but fashions its characters woodenly. And, once again, Hollywood's addiction for sugary endings caused them to miss a much better one. Let me just say mine would have had Harrelson and Brosnan finding a note on the deck.

My vote: 6 + 1 for Ms. Hayek, YMMV.

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After the Sunset

6/10
Author: Jackson Booth-Millard from United Kingdom
5 December 2006

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From Rush Hour director Brett Ratner, this is like unofficial James Bond mixed with Entrapment, and it almost works. Basically retired ex-con thief Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) with his girlfriend and partner Lola Cirillo (Salma Hayek) have quit to live in paradise, but it isn't to last. When Max hears of a priceless diamond on a ship passing through, he is intrigued by the opportunity. But his old nemesis, fed Stan Lloyd (Woody Harrelson) is around to try and catch him in the act, while hanging out with his partner and fancy Sophie (Pirates of the Caribbean's Naomie Harris). Keeping an eye on both Max is also the guy that tempted him in the first place, Henri Mooré (Don Cheadle). The only thing Max doesn't know is that he is not stealing the diamond for himself or Henri, and someone that he least suspected planned to take it all along. Also starring Reservoir Dogs' Chris Penn as Rowdy Fan. Good!

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Salma Hayek, Bahamas - so what else do you need to know?

8/10
Author: Missileman1 from United States
24 January 2006

A natural man's dream.........

...add a little Pierce, a little Woody, some Don Cheadle, a little diamond caper off a cruise-ship in emerald-blue waters in the exotic Caribbean with some liquor-on-the-side. So where's the popcorn and the Heinekens??? scoot over, Jimmy, and kick off your loafers (mind the coffee table...). Get real, this is a guy's night out with an absolute, complete female on the books in a spy thriller...

...oh yeah, did I mention Salma Hayek?...3 scoops, please, and doff the cones - bring your jammies, buds, for a sleep-over - we'll eat burned scrambled eggs in the morning and talk about the possibilities.

8/10 for pure 'guy fun'

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A fun-filled crime flick

6/10
Author: sacto-da (junebug_tearose@yahoo.com) from United States
4 January 2006

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The film tells of a "retired" jewel thief named Max Burdet (Pierce Brosnan) and his girlfriend Lola (Salma Hayek) as they escape from their thieving days for good to the Bahamas. Here, we learn that there is a ship carrying the third and final Napoleon Diamond, and of course, Max's curiosity is aroused. The couple is being followed by FBI agent Stan Lloyd (Woody Harrleson) as he is trying to catch them in the act. Basic heist movie events occur after the stage is set, and there isn't much to separate this film from the other movies in its genre, but it just has an incredible feeling of fun that it is hard not to like it.

The acting in this film is alright, but you can't exactly act well in an action movie, people aren't going to want to see this film because of the acting, and I think that this film knows that. It is a pure rush of excitement that really doesn't care if the plot has holes or not, it's all about wowing the viewer with razzle-dazzle.

On the negative side, while the balls-out fun is a great positive, it has its drawbacks. It does help to watch a movie that is all about fun and little about intelligence once in a while, but there are some moments in this film that will have you saying "Ok, they did go a little too far with this".

After the Sunset is a purely fun-filled crime flick that is just that; a flick. It brings nothing new to the genre, but takes nothing away from it either. After the Sunset is a satisfying film, but don't come expecting the intelligence and style of Ocean's Eleven. Donna A.

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enjoyable but disappointing

6/10
Author: tarll from Canada
22 May 2005

I found this a disappointing movie, especially as it would seem to play to Pierce Brosanan's strengths. Without revealing story elements, my problem with this movie is that it seems almost lazy. It feels as if the producers simply said to themselves Pierce Brosnan as a thief, automatic hit. It wasn't. This felt like a the TV movies he was doing fifteen years ago rather than a major theatrical release. I can't fault any of the actors, they all did the best with what they had. I can't even say it wasn't enjoyable, but it certainly wasn't what it could be. Mayeb making it either less of a comedy or more of one would have helped. Maybe less time on Brosnan's apparent reluctance to reenter his criminal life and more on the heist itself. If it had all moved with the precision of the open sequence, I'd have been much happier.

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enjoyable and entertaining with usual plot

6/10
Author: a_ngox from Netherlands
10 May 2005

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Light-action and comedy... that is what I think from After The Sunset, a movie directed by Brett Ratner. I was watching this movie not a while ago, I should say it was entertaining. There are several natural-funny scenes, which I would say, are quite well prepared. Overall, it is pretty enjoyable especially this movie is performed by Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek (I don't know for ladies, but for guys Salma Hayek is hot!).

However, there are not many actions or stunning scene you can expect from this movie. The story floats pretty interesting although it is a usual one. Forcing the almost-ending scene, where Max (Pierce Brosnan) came back to propose Lola (Salma Hayek) with his "romantic" speech, to make it happy-ended actually deteriorates its value. But I think Brett realised that people like a pleasant-ending. Fortunately, he can make it up with putting a more remembered scene afterwards.

Basically the story begins with the last "mission" of Max and Lola. Afterwards, this thieves-couple is retired. Unfortunately, the FBI agent Stan (Woody Harrelson) who they have been bullied for seven-years interrupts their retirement by "offering" a temptation for this couple. Can Max "hold his balls under the pants"? I did not give any specific synopsis because if I wrote too much, this movie would not be interesting as it is. So, enjoy it!

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Pretty actors, doing entertaining things, but not much of a movie.

Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth
8 May 2005

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Well, it was a free loan from my local library! And, I happen to enjoy watching all 5 of the main actors. So, while I don't rate it particularly high, and it doesn't have anything new, it is a pleasant movie to watch, beautifully filmed in the islands. Just don't take anything too seriously.

Pierce Brosnan is Max Burdett, who it seems made his fortune via jewel thievery. His sidekick and girlfriend is Lola (Salma Hayek). His nemesis is Stan (Woody Harrelson), an FBI agent who was suspended after the most recent encounter with Max, in the scene that opens the movie. So, the movie is set and filmed mostly in the Caribbean islands, where Max and Lola are trying to retire. But a cruise ship with a rare jewel shows up, as does Stan, and the main of the movie is to see if Max can resist the temptation for one last heist. Don Cheadle is excellent as the mobster Henri Mooré (he pronounces it 'more-ray' to sound more international) and Brit Naomie Harris is good as Sophie, who seems to be the only competent officer on the local island police force.

SPOILERS FOLLOW. The movie opens in Los Angeles, where Stan has a valuable diamond and via remote control Max manages to hold Stan captive while he guides the van to a remote garage, puts him to sleep via gas into the air system, and steals the diamond. Of course, no one knows for sure that Max did it, Stan suspects him, and after being suspended goes looking for Max. He taunts Max about one last job, he really hopes to have Max steal the diamond, then take it from him for personal gain. There is a side story about Max and Lola really being retired, and getting married. Also, Stan and Sophie get romantic. The heist is done, Max bests Stan one more time.

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Surprisingly good... Harrelson / Brosnon / Hayek work magic!

8/10
Author: BradParks from Canada
22 April 2005

This was a good movie. Very entertaining.. and surprisingly funny at times!

Not that it's a comedy... Not by any stretch.

And not that it's purely a heist movie either.

It's more of a character study played out as a cross between a buddy picture, odd couple picture, and a heist film with great comic timing.

Check it out and you'll see what I mean...

Harrelson makes the most of every moment he's on screen, and I truly think he's what made this movie work.

Salma Hayek is drop dead gorgeous in every shot, and comes off strong as well.

I'd say the weakest person in the whole film was Pierce Brosnan, but it's still a good film for him, on par with his version of the Thomas Crowne Affair.

If you liked that movie, you'll like this one!

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Wait for the Video

5/10
Author: jaxbubba from THE FARIS REEL on Facebook
21 April 2005

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Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, and Woody Harrelson star in this Brett Ratner directed feature. Brosnan stars as Max Burdett, a jewel thief, who has devoted his life to the Napoleon diamond collection. Hayek plays Lola, Max's cohort in crime; and Harrelson is FBI agent, Stan Lloyd, Max's ever enthusiastic always present thorn-in-the-side.

After successfully absconding two-thirds of the Napoleon collection, Max and Lola have gone into retirement in some South Sea's vacation paradise. Eager to settled down and start a normal live, Lola is only interested in the simple things in life like watching the sunset, and socializing publicly. However, their lives are upended and thrust back into the limelight when FBI agent Lloyd tracks Max down on the hunch that he might be casing the last diamond in the prestigious Napoleon collection.

It so happens, whether coincidental or not, the exact island that Max and Lola have decided to retire on, is also hosting a cruise ship carrying the last diamond of this collection. Tensions run high, as Lola tries to convince Max to not venture into the trap that Lloyd is perpetrating. A subplot concerning Don Cheadle, playing Henri Moore, as a local underworld character, also motors along just under the radar of this film until the culmination of the film's pinnacle sequence, and the movie's ultimate deception.

Although I found the film very predictable, it was enjoyable nonetheless. However, what I found more entertaining was the lengths that this film went to remove Brosnan's debonair James Bond image which included: showing him scruffy with facial hair most of the film, overweight with a paunch belly, and jovial homo-esquire eroticisms with the Woody Harrelson (Stan Lloyd) character. All in all, the film was not a complete disappointment. Plus there's the added bonus of having Salma Hayek to look at while on the screen too.

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