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The Chase (1994)
on 16 February 2015
I love this film. It is typical Charlie Sheen comedy, right up there with Hot Shots! (1991), and these films proved he could handle comedy just as well as Platoon (1986) and Wall Street (1987). Sheen plays Jackson ''Jack'' Davis Hammond, sentenced to prison for a crime he did not commit. He takes Natalie Voss (Kristy Swanson) hostage and so begins a high speed freeway chase, during which Hammond is pursued by Officer Dobbs (Henry Rollins) and Officer Figus (Josh Mostel), Natalie's father, Dalton Voss (Ray Wise), Chanel 8 reporter Byron Wilder (Rocky Carroll), and some crazed fans Dale (Anthony Keidis) and Will (Flea). Nearly the entire movie is set in the red BMW 325i owned by Natalie, hijacked by Hammond, until the finale at the Mexican border. The Chase (1994) is one of a string of comedy and action films starring Sheen during the early 1990s, including Navy Seals (1990), The Rookie (1990), Loaded Weapon (1993), Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), The Three Musketeers (1993), Terminal Velocity (1994), and Major League II (1994),
He practically lived at the box office around this time and seemed to be having fun, having previously taken serious roles, even in teen films, such as Silence of the Heart (1984), Red Dawn (1984), Lucas (1986), No Man's Land (1987), Eight Men Out (1988), and the Oliver Stone films. This slightly cheesy and predictable comedy-thriller is nonetheless a breath of fresh air and an easy watch for a Saturday afternoon. The Chase also stars Marshall Bell, Claudia Christian, Cary Elwes, Cassian Elwes, Ron Jeremy, and Bree Walker. It is directed by Adam Rifkin, who also directed Sheen, Christian and Cary Elwes (and Peter Berg, Nicholas Cage, Emilio Estevez, and Judd Nelson) in Never on Tuesday (1988) and Nelson and Rob Lowe in The Dark Backward (1991); a director with plenty of Brat Pack casting connections. The soundtrack includes Shine (1994) by Rollins Band and there is an amusing take on Apocalypse Now (1979) after the credits have finished, so wait around and listen to Henry Rollins' track before you see Sheen mimic that great Robert Duvall scene. This DVD smells like ... Victory!