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The Specialist (1994)
No film with a score by John Barry can be less than a 5.0
As time passes the film becomes at the very least a postcard from the early nineties, a fidgety time for the studios, coming off an incredible 20 year Golden Era of Modern Cinema (1968- 1988) and proves again that the lens loves Sharon Stone. The biggest problem with it is pacing. It is impossible to watch without drifting off because the 'suspense' has been drawn out to the point of tedium. Too bad, there are fine actors at work here. Maybe our new action directors have spoiled us rotten, (Liman, Donner, Cameron) Putting it in the hands of Luis Llosa seemed a bit risky at the time and it seems like his biggest fault with the picture was his allowance for style in place of substance. The John Barry score elevates the film from a 4.0 to a 5.0.