- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- ASIN: B005DJ8VB8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,049 in Film & TV (See Top 100 in Film & TV)
Robert Patrick plays Russell Stark, a police detective in league with the Mayor. RP plays baddies so well. My spine tingled and my heart rate went sky high each time I heard that gravely voice, watched him chewing gum and witnessed his confident yet eerie interactions with all whom he associated.
RP fans may be a little disappointed that he is not seen more in this movie as much as they would like. However he's actually in it more than we think. I loved the ending to this movie - wow. Sorry guys, no more hints.
I have seen this DVD about ten times now and still love it. It's not everyone's first choice thus my rating.
There are few surprises. Viewers will be able to peg who the good and bad guys are right away. Roy Scheider is appropriately ruthless as the power-hungry mayor positioning himself for re-election, snarling at his underlings when he feels threatened. Ashbrook, as Michael, looks like a sad fallen angel, poignantly flashing back to happier childhood times with his missing twin. Robert Patrick provides an excellent performance as police detective Russell Stark, the corrupt mayor's right-hand man. The best scene of the movie is between Patrick and Scheider. While others are present, Stark is the epitome of a professional, competent detective on the trail of a murderer. Once the two are alone, however, Patrick chillingly transforms the character into a menacing psychopath, tauntingly whispering the words of a opera into his former ally's ear.
Even though the "big" twist near the end probably will not come as a total surprise to most viewers, the movie is still entertaining and maintains an interesting pace up through its necessary and predictable conclusion.