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Split Second - Uncut
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2002
...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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great cult film from the 1980's ruined by very poor presentation on this disc. Appears to be a German version as only the German language soundtrack is 5:1 Dolby Digital, English is a rather quirky 2:0 DD. Picture transfer is awful, looks like VHS - I know it's a dark film but come on...

I've gone with three stars as the movie is still enjoyable, but it deserves far better than the transfer here.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2007
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
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. The killer, once revealed, will disappoint many, mainly because it looks overly familiar, but it does impact for the finale set at a flooded tube station. While the music (co-scored by three different people) is ideal as it sounds very tinny, in fact it's very 1980's like.

Judging by the critical reaction to it you have to think some folk were taking it a bit to seriously. Never fully convincing as a lead man, Hauer pitches this just right, with tongue in cheek, a grizzled personage and a swagger to match the glint in is eyes. He's playing a burned out cop character called Harley Stone, his partner, who of course is the polar opposite, is named Dick Durkin! Take this seriously? Never! Cattrall is merely here to be a love interest, to scream and show some flesh for the discerning hound dog, while her haircut, some black dyed German Helmet effort, is totally unflattering. Duncan dose a fine job as the nerdy copper, working the comedy off of Hauer very well, while fleeting support comes from great British actors Alun Armstrong and Pete Postlethwaite. In cameos we get song man Ian Dury and Michael J. Pollard.

Leave the brain at the door and you have a good chance of enjoying this low-budget British sci-fier. 7/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2015
Five star rating is because I love the movie....the blu ray could be better with a bit more money spent on restoration, but realistically, that's not going to happen.
As it stands, it's the best this movie has ever looked on home video, and I think that that will be enough for most fans.

It is grainy, but not ruinously so, the grain is naturally part of the film stock. The image does have a tendency of going a little soft at times, and that is noticeable, but these scenes don't last long, and the majority of the time it looks absolutely fine. It's not like the recent re-release of Dog Soldiers, where the movie is heavily over-contrasted and doesn't look great, this release does look good, and you can see plenty of details you won't have seen before.
The Japanese extra scenes are a nice extra, but they look terrible and the acting from Derkin's girlfriend is awful. Would've liked a new interview or something with the stars or director...but I'm happy to just get a good disc of this classic film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2015
As a Fan of Split Second I would probably give the movie itself 4 out of 5 but this review is for the Blu-ray so I have dropped it a star. This is a pretty basic disc really, picture quality is pretty poor in my opinion, very grainy and no better than the American dvd that I had before it although you do get a widescreen 1.78:1 transfer as apposed to a 4:3 pan and scan that I had on the dvd. Audio is LCPM Stereo (Linear Pulse Code Modulated, (not that I really had much idea about it, I had to look it up) not DD 5.1 although sound through my 5.1 system sounded crisp and clear. My US dvd had Dolby Digital AC3 Sound, was closed captioned, had Subtitles in English, Spanish and French where this New Blu-ray has no Subtitles that I could find at all. The only extra on the Blu-ray was a deleted scene from the Japanese release which only covered a visit to Dick Durkin's Girlfriend, the picture quality was dreadful and her acting was shocking, it didn't add anything to the story and cutting it left Dicks Girlfriend to your imagination which in my opinion was far better than the real thing. Ultimately this is only for big fans of the movie who want a 1080p, Widescreen version but who may still be disappointed. I quite liked the box cover though, maybe less effort on this and more on the picture quality would have helped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
PLOT...
In a futuristic London 2008, the rising sea levels mean that large areas are under water. Rutger Hauer plays a cop who previously lost his partner to some strange creature. Now the creature is back and its after him.

This is a great sci-fi classic with plenty of great looking scenery and sets, cool action mainly in the form of bloody shoot-outs, cool cast, Rutger Hauer was a great actor back in the 90's, also stars Kim Cattrall and the great Pete Postlethwaite in a small role, good soundtrack too, the movie has a hint of blade runner and alien and predator 2 all in one, great effects too, cool looking alien, certainly one to pick up, great to see these little gems getting new releases.

Blu-ray picture is 1080p HD looks good, a slight step up from previous releases.
Features include a short 4-min reel of deleted Japanese scenes.
Region B only, 91-mins, 1991.
Filmed entirely on location in London England.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 October 2013
The premise is excellent. In the near future London is half flooded and a supernatural monster is killing people before taking bites out of their hearts. Hauer is the cop on its trail. This is not a blockbuster but the sets are on the right side of decent and the actors seem to care about their parts. Hauer had put on a few pounds by this time but he doesn't sleepwalk through the role and he even has some decent dialogue. Technical expertise outweighs creative content though and some parts of the script are below par. The creature looks outstanding but is woefully underused in terms of storytelling because its motivations and origins are never really explained. It doesn't make many appearances and you have to wait till the showdown at a flooded underground station before you see it up close and personal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2009
This is one of my favourite films of all time.
The script is pure class and the acting wonderfully tongue in cheek. Rutger's character - Harley Stone is a Post traumatic stressed psychotic cop stuck in London because no other force will take him. He eats nothing but coffee and chocolate and lives in abject squalor.
His new Partner - the very proper, neat and tidy Detective Dick Durkin - wonderfully played by Neil Duncan, is the forensic psychologist assigned to "assist" Stone because there is scary slasher killer stalking the dark streets of London and the powers that be aren't completely sure that it isn't Stone.
Kim Cattral provides the love interest, Pete Postlethwaite is at his growling surly best as a fellow Copper and Alun Armstrong is Stone's long suffering Boss. There are also great cameo parts from Ian Dury and Michael J Pollard.
A killer certainly hasn't been portrayed in this way before or since and the end result is a fantastic popcorn and beer movie with a supernatural twist that incorporates moments of sheer genius.
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