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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaving the Past Behind
Director Stephen Hopkins (The Ghost in the Darkness, Under Suspicion) made this terrific action thriller with a fine cast and a very good story about personal redemption. Different than many of it's ilk due to the depth of Jeff Bridges' performance and another great turn from Tommy Lee Jones this one is really entertaining and another perfect example of the critics being...
Published on 15 Jan 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Lee hams it up.
Stephen Hopkins films are generally well crafted with good characterization from his cast: this falls short on the latter.Contrary to other reviewers,I found Bridges rather bland in his role of a reformed Irish bomber converted to an American bomb disposal expert.
Jones mad Irish revenge-seeking terrorist is played in the same vein as his portrayal of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Lee hams it up., 28 Mar 2013
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Stephen Hopkins films are generally well crafted with good characterization from his cast: this falls short on the latter.Contrary to other reviewers,I found Bridges rather bland in his role of a reformed Irish bomber converted to an American bomb disposal expert.
Jones mad Irish revenge-seeking terrorist is played in the same vein as his portrayal of the megalomaniacal leader of the terrorists in Under Siege(but with an awful Oirish accent).
None of the supporting cast seem to want to get in the way of stealing our main stars thunder,although Forest Whitaker had a go(unsuccessfully).
Lightweight entertainment,not at all as good as some of my fellow reviewers make out(only my opinion).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaving the Past Behind, 15 Jan 2003
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This review is from: Blown Away [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Director Stephen Hopkins (The Ghost in the Darkness, Under Suspicion) made this terrific action thriller with a fine cast and a very good story about personal redemption. Different than many of it's ilk due to the depth of Jeff Bridges' performance and another great turn from Tommy Lee Jones this one is really entertaining and another perfect example of the critics being wrong.
Hopkins takes his time with the story initially and gives Bridges time to flesh out his character of Jimmy Dove, a top member of Boston's Bomb Squad. Jimmy has been doing this for a long time for reasons no one understands. Liam McGivney was taken off the streets of Ireland as a teen and trained to hate the English, learning the ways of terrorism from Ryan Gaerity (Tommy Lee Jones). In one fateful moment that haunts him, Liam turned his life around and started it over in America as Jimmy Dove.
But the events that brought this about involved an aborted bombing that landed his mentor, Irish zealot Tommy Lee Jones, in prison for years. Jimmy's love for his girlfriend Kate (Suzy Amis in a nice role) and daughter Lizzy (Stephi Lineburg) are more important to him now and when he asks Max O'Bannion (Dad Lloyd Bridges), the only person who knows about his past, if it is time to quit, the fact that he has asked is his own answer.
Gaerity has finally managed to break out of prison though and even as Jimmy proposes marriage and plans his retirement party, who should Gaerity spot on television playing bomb squad hero but old pal Liam. As Gaerity starts killing off members of the squad Jimmy must postpone his retirement, his past life coming back to haunt him in a deadly way. Tommy Lee Jones is charismatic in another great turn as a killer taking delight in his revenge against Jimmy.
Jeff Bridges underplays his character and gives Jimmy some real depth. He has been trying to make up for his past for years and can tell no one how he knows so much about Gaerity and his methods. When things hit close to home however, he is forced to tell Kate and send his family away for their own safety. Forest Whitaker has a good role as Bomb Squad member Anthony Franklin, who suspects Jimmy knows more than he's telling and after uncovering the truth must make a decision on what to do about it.
There are some tense and exciting moments in this film and some great music from Irish bands such as U2. Kate plays violin for the Boston Pops and it plays a part in the climax, as does a dangerous drive through the streets of Boston. This is just an all around entertaining movie with a great ending I can't give away. You need to see this one for youself and ignore the critics. It's a good one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the start when Gaerity(Lee Jones) escapes,You're Hooked, 15 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Blown Away [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Two of the biggest stars coming together for the first. Jeff Bridges is the good guy and Tommy Lee Jones the bad guy. I give this 4/5 because the film is let down by the supporting cast. The pyrotechnics for the explosions are excellent and the camerawork makes you believe you are right there with Bridges while he tries to defuse the bombs set by Lee Jones. Stephen Hopkins directs with style and add every last ounce of tension he can. Enjoy, I know I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Singalong, 9 July 2014
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Love this movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars fast and furious, 30 Jun 2014
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again the package was sent on time very good delivery and was done very nicely
the film was very good about a bomber whose expertise was excellent
jeff bridges was very good in it too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Jun 2014
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Brilliant film I forgot how good it was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bargains, 13 Jun 2014
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Been looking for this film for a long time,found it here for a very good price,have bought more from here and definitely will continue too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 5 April 2014
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superb film great actors and fantastic U2 soundtrack. replaces a vhs that got damaged.
the soundtrack makes the film special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good film, 27 Mar 2014
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this is such a good film i already had it but it got scratched very badly so i had to get it agai thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jeff really made this film a winner., 3 Mar 2013
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Thoroughly recommended. Both Tommy and Jeff gave excellent performances. Good storylline and an exciting finale. I would certainly take the trouble to watch this one again.
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