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Pressure (2002)

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Two med students on a road trip are falsely accused of murder by a corrupt local Sheriff, setting off a wild chase and a deadly comedy of errors. As they struggle to survive, every move the students make sends them deeper into trouble.

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Richard Gale

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Richard Gale (screenplay), Craig Brewer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerr Smith ... Steve Hillman
Lochlyn Munro ... Patrick Fisher
Angela Featherstone ... Amber
Adrien Dorval ... Bo Cooper (as Adrian Dorval)
Michelle Harrison ... Sara Laughlin
Alistair Abell ... Agent Shepard
John Destry John Destry ... Olie Parks
Michael Kopsa ... Agent Frank Gruning
Simon Longmore ... Johnson
David Neale ... Simms
Nicole Oliver ... Jodi Marconi
Donnelly Rhodes ... Sheriff Cooper
Brad Sihvon Brad Sihvon ... Norman the Cameraman
Aeja Goldsmith Aeja Goldsmith ... Tracy
Brock Johnson Brock Johnson ... Bartender
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Storyline

On their way back from a conference, two medical school friends bump into a college cheerleaders contest in Oregon. Party animal Patrick Fisher insists on going until his buddy concedes to 'one beer', but dutiful Steve Hillman is the one who gets seduced by local Amber. Alas it's a trap; he gets robbed and her lover, Bo Cooper, beats him up and abuses him. Disgusted with himself Bo shoots himself - his father is the local sheriff. He has a terrible corrupt hold over the town and sets the boys up as wanted 'killers'. Only Steve's girlfriend and local paranoid civil rights-obsessed loner Olie Parks will still help them to contact the already suspicious FBI. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

Trapped. Hunted. Innocent.

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2009 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Adrenalina See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Patrick Fisher: [screaming with pain]
Steve Hillman: You just have to hold on. Hold on, captain. Hey, hey, come on, stay with me. Buddy, come on, you gotta tell me what hurts. Where's it hurt?
Patrick Fisher: Would you please help me!
Steve Hillman: Where does it hurt?
Patrick Fisher: All in my stomach.
Steve Hillman: Where?
Patrick Fisher: What?
Steve Hillman: Where? Which side?
Patrick Fisher: Here!
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Soundtracks

Running With The Wind
Written and Performed by Junior Brown
©2001 Jamieson Brown Music (BMI)
All Rights Reserved.
Used by Permission (p) 2001 Curb Records, Inc.
Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
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Surprisingly tense
1 August 2002 | by dkeeleySee all my reviews

Pressure is something of a paradox. It plays like an above-average TV movie, but at times does better than standard hollywood fare in avoiding plot cliches and explosion-driven narratives.

Kerr Smith, probably familiar from Dawson's Creek, is pretty likeable as the young man caught up in a series of freak mishaps which leave him hunted by the local police for a crime he didn't commit. There are some dodgy moments (The old camera spinning round the head as he tries to stay sane moment leaps to mind) but overall it's undemanding and he does fine. The supporting cast does fine, Lochlyn Munro is best as his unbelievably loyal friend (You're the subject of a statewide manhunt and waving a gun around while covered in blood? Let's go!) and the sheriff is suitably psychotic. That's the main character problem with the film - some of the characters are just so damn nasty it makes them somewhat unbelievable.

The narrative is the film's strong point, although it tails off a bit in the second half. The way that things fall apart in the first place is suitably plausible and it's a shame that the same inventiveness couldn't continue through the whole script. Things stay pretty tense though, and really the only complaint is that it ends a bit easily and perhaps should have been drawn out a bit longer - hardly the worst criticism of a film.

So overall - not a bad way to kill 90 minutes on a sunday afternoon.


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