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Soldiers of Fortune (2012)
For me, a 6 is not bad.
This may not be great, but it's not bad.
It didn't start well but somewhere, around a fourth of the movie, when the main actors have come together, the director sort of got a feel of how to do his job.
Unless another director came in to save the furniture or some producer said "enough guys".
So, at some point, the chemistry kicked in with the satire.
Not going to spoil it for you, but the job descriptions of the "clients" cast a welcomed entertaining and humorist light on the whole exercise.
This surely isn't the Guns of Navarone, but it was nice and innocent fun as the backdrop of the story gave it a definite iconoclastic taste.
Ahead of it's time: begging for a remake.
This has come out on DVD in April 2012. I had been looking for this for a long time. I hadn't seen it in nearly 25 years and I am surprised how well it has aged.
So, here we are with a piece of cinema that was well ahead of it's time (and still his) as far as inter-racial relationships is concerned. Even Denzel has not had the intestinal fortitude to go where Billy Dee Williams has gone: falling in love with a gorgeous white woman in the person of Gwen Welles.
Sexy and tender: this would be exceptional in 2012, but it was done in 1973! Hit! is a great story that doesn't shy away from character development. It quietly builds itself in 135 short minutes.
Of course it has its flaws like all the B+ stuff, but boy would I like to see a remake of this.
It has all the ingredients of a Stallone flick: losers humbly redeem themselves doing extraordinary things in so brief instants where their whole existence must past in front of them.
It was like I knew - and fell in love with - every character.
A tour de force by Sidney Furie that would be difficult to duplicate using modern standards.
Still, I would love to see this one remade.
The River Murders (2011)
Really not so bad
This is the kind of low budget movie offering a mix of seasoned actors, who do a great job with the material and their screen time, and not so seasoned ones who fill in the blanks.
Liotta is top notch and Slater is his usual enjoyable self.
Michael Rodrick has got game and Sarah Ann Schultz creates a very hot detective.
With a handful of surprising twists and few glaring errors, it managed to tell a really interesting story by avoiding the usual pitfalls of guns and sexploitation.
This had the look and feeling of those B-movies of the eighties where you could sit in front of the picture and be just captivated by the storytelling and the performance of thespians who don't need big bucks for them to show they can act.
A good effort.
As for the whiners? Well, 2 species have sprung on IMDb in the last few years: those who like nothing and those who hate everything.
As for the rest: you'll probably enjoy the surprises as well as I did.
Much better than average
Much better than average.
Sorry to bring you the news but a black man engaged to a white chick is a no-no in American cinema. Westly Snipes is a daring man and probably a fool.
Not a rat though.
If the whole production suffers a bit from a lack of funds, it is rich with new ideas and developments. Ain't that the real meaning of a "B" movie? I'll choose Snipes flick and the white chick any time over the overrated Bourne series. At least it's got soul. At least it's got balls.
And it's trying to get somewhere.