Watching this movie, I got the distinct sense that there was a lot left on the cutting room floor. Like an actual movie. What was left is a series of sequences that look like they relate but really don’t – why did Stallone wreck his car?
This serious film, dripping with testosterone, has been widely touted as Sylvester Stallone’s foray into serious actor-dom. In his defense, there was nothing at all wrong with his performance, or anyone else’s – all the big names in this movie were working very hard to make some sense out of a painfully empty and seemingly stupid script.
I am amazed ANY characterization occurred at all, with what little these folks had to work with. Robert DeNiro, Cathy Moriarty, Annabella Sciorra, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert Patrick (you know, the T1000), Janeane Garafalo (and why was she so wasted?), and Michael Rapaport are also horribly underused or wrongly used or just plain overcast in this film.
Lots of moments appear to be leading to someplace interesting, only to crash and burn (unresolved) under the weight of a terribly portentious score by Howard Shore.Dun dun da-dun! He is reaching for a sandwich! Daa da da DUNN! He bit into it! CUT TO: Car driving along street, driving beat and lots of horns and drums as the driver looks at THE SKYLINE! DUN DUNDAAAA!
There was no reason to use all these expensive, scenery chewing people if they were not going to be portrayed as someone interesting. People were sleeping around and no one cared. All kinds of terrible mayhem happened and I wondered how Air Bud’s game was going. I sensed I should have had some emotions at some point but perhaps it was just the music. I was bored silly. I didn’t care about anyone, but as soon as I thought about getting interested in the Robert Altman-like scattering of random and unrelated plot points, they dropped the thread.
I still don’t know what the movie was about. I say Catch It on HBO because it’s only fair to Sly that you see how hard he worked. But for heaven’s sake, don’t pay any extra money to see it. And Janeane Garafalo, who I love, why was she in this movie???
MPAA Rating R for violence, strong language and brief nudity.
Release date 7/14/97
Time in minutes 100
Director James Mangold