Well, it looks good and the back-cover blurb talks a taut thriller but the editors have tried to be clever with flashback-esque chronological juggling and it's a bit confusing. Coupled with a flat plot and lack of coherence in the direction and what could have been the promised taut thriller ends up being disjointed run-of-the-mill pap. William Atherton (Die Hard 1 & 2)
struggles to hold it together as the crime boss and valiantly tries - and fails - to drag something worthwhile from the script.
I eventually worked out that the premise is that a man tries to raise money for his sons heart op by going to a local crime boss and as a result ends up in jail and double-crossed. There's a series of violent action scenes interspersed with a bent sheriff and a laid-back FBI agent (William Devane, Payback
, Space Cowboys
) and eventually a bag of money and not so much as a climax but an anti-climax. It could have worked if there'd been a bit more spent on the screenwriter and some people that had been more widely heard of in the global audience other than Atherton had featured in the cast. It feels almost as if it were made for late-night TV - on a very obscure, advert-laden channel that no-one really watches.
Normally in my reviews this is where I try to salvage something by saying it's got some legs if you suspend belief for an hour or so and are looking for some entertainment rather than something serious but I can't even manage that on this occasion.
For trivia fans, male lead Drew Fuller, starring alongside William Atherton, was born in the town of Atherton, CA. That's about all that's interesting in this movie.