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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UEQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. White on 20 Sept. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
...Rutger Hauer plays a seriously on-the-edge cop who lives on coffee and chocolate (and BIG guns). Having had one partner disappear while searching for a grisly serial murderer who then vanished, he is given as a replacement one Dick Durkin when the murders start again 12 months later.
Dick is a clean living ex-college graduate who runs every morning, and then has sex with his girlfriend, (except Sunday, when he skips the run!)
Hauer's character was clawed by the killer, and this has created a link, where Hauer can 'sense' when and where the next murder is going to happen. It is this that has put him on the edge, and made him a laughing stock amongst fellow officers.
There are some great scenes, especially the 'conversion' of Dirkin to Hauer's point of view. This film has some laugh-out-loud bits, and also some jump to the ceiling bits as well. Also, watch for the cameo appearance of the late and very lamented Ian Dury.
This is a great film, only mildly spoiled by the SFX of the killer at the end of film shoot-out in an abandoned waterlogged underground train station. Probably Hauer's best film to date.
A little known film that deserves a much greater audience and appreciation than it has so far received. There was talk of a second film, but alas, that never went anywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Split Second is directed by Tony Maylam and Ian Sharp and written by Gary Scott Thompson. It stars Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall and Neil Duncan. It was filmed in London, England, predominantly at the Hartley Jam Factory in Southwark, with Clive Tickner the cinematographer.

London, 2008.

"After forty days and nights of torrential rain, the city is largely submerged below water, a result of the devastating effects of continued global warming. The warnings ignored for decades have now resulted in undreamed-of levels of pollution where day has become almost endless night..."

..and something is stalking the watery city and tearing hearts out of its victims.....

Plot follows a familiar course, and in truth there's no surprises here. A psychic Iink between Stone and the killer is sadly never fully formed, which is a shame because it had the potential to make the film more interesting, but to off set that a touch is some nice babble involving astrological and satanic matters which are thrown up during the search/investigation. In its favour as well , is that Maylam and his team sensibly keep the perpetrator hidden for most of the film, instead choosing the odd flashing glimpse of a clawed hand, or a murky torso running across the frame, while the idea to only show the bloody aftermath of a kill hits home harder than if we actually viewed it.

The look is spot on for an apocalyptic sci-fi piece, all greys, silvers and low lights, while the cheap production design works well in context of the tone of the picture. There's even some Schwarzenegger like cheese dialogue, the likes of which the big Austrian would have got paid millions to speak at around the same time Split Second was released.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ian Dennison on 16 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
This film does not have the greatest story line ever, and it will never cause you to question your philosophy on life. What it does have is good characterization, good acting, lots of energy, a dry sense of humour, a big monster, big guns, a believable London going down for the third time, Neil Duncan loosing the plot and Ian Dury.

I have for many years classed it as my favourite film. The people are believeable, the monster suitably nasty, the necessary pseudo-science doesn't make you want to shoot the film's scientific adviser, and it is very rewatchable.

The only drawback is its title. The phrase Split Second has no bearing on the film in any way whatsoever. It should really have been called:

"Dick Dirkin and the Psychic Cop meet Satan".

...maybe then people would have heard of it!

NB I have yet to get my hands on the DVD release, so cannot comment on the DVD quality or content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a real rarity. A low budget film that both excites and amuses.
Something is stalking the streets of near future London. A string of gory murders in the now flooded streets of the metropolis have caused fear and trepidation.
Who can save the good (if rather seedy) future population. Step forward a renogade cop (Rutger Hauer) and his comical side kick Dick Durkin (really!)
There follows much banter, chase action, and a daliance with, the rather attractive, Kim Cattrell.
The whole film eventually reaches it's climax in an abandoned tube station when it is revealed that the predator style monster was, in fact, a tall bloke in a motorcycle helmet all along. Even this does not matter by this stage however as by now the viewer is having a jolly good time.
This is possibly Hauer's tour de force in his last role before he became just that little bit too lardy for these sorts of shenanagens.
Watch out for a fine cameo by Michael J Pollard Junior as "the ratcatcher".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 13 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
In a futuristic London (2008), the rising sea levels mean that large areas are under feet of water.

Hauer plays a rugged S and M cop who lost his partner to some strange rubbery creature.

Now the creature is back and its after him, the bloke from Taggert, and Kim Cattralls hairdresser from Star Trek 6.

In the nineties, Hauer starred in many Science Fiction movies that had little release on the big screen, but had a very long shelf life on the VHS market. This, Wedlock, and Salute Of The Jugger spring to mind.

This is something a little different. Set way in the future, five years ago to be precise at the time of the review, London is waterlogged, and the clubs are more vibrant than ever.

Hauer spends most of his day throwing coffee cups into the backseat of his car, slamming the inspectors office door, and walking into Kim Cattrall in the shower.

He also has flashbacks of Foster, his partner falling into a big puddle. Narrative is not a primary goal of the film.

What you get is ninety or so minutes of him and Duncan wisecracking, walking around sewers, finding people with Their hearts missing. In a strange masochist way, its enjoyable, but never as good as when I first saw it back in the summer of 1992.

It ups the ante in the final act, and the revaluation of the creature is some sort of cheap British hybrid of Alien and the Predator.

Its a cult movie of the highest order, the credits hold a 'and Michael J Pollard as The Ratcatcher' which would get any bad movie aficionado salivating, but he end product is just a little bland.

Worth watching, but will leave you looking around your house for damp patches.

But its the best film ever made featuring Hauer having a rubber hand stroke his face.
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