on 13 August 2012
Gunmen is one of those action movies that you could only find before the mid 90's. Christopher lambert and Mario van peebles play off each other perfectly in the mold of the great "opposites" action movies like Tango & Cash and Red Heat. Denis Leary plays a charismatic and yet brutal villian, Brenda Bakke is as evil and smoking hot as ever and Patrick stewart plays a very out of character role,
Full of tongue in cheek humor, hard hitting action and blazing hot jungle set pieces this film is one of the last great movies of the great action generation. It started with movies like The Warriors, Dirty Harry & Rambo in the 70's, continued with movies like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and 48 hours in the 80's and finished with movies like Point Break, The Last Boy Scout and Gunmen in the early 90's. Then something happened which made hollywood give us an influx of casting skinny little runts like Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Tobey Macguire and Shia Le Beouf as action stars.
A very tounge in cheek action thriller involving bounty hunter Mario Van Peebles bounty hunter breaking out Christopher Lamberts criminal from prison to track down Criminal boss Patrick Stewarts millions of dollars hidden on a ship.
Que lots of bickering from the chalk and cheese pair as they are pursued by Dennis Leary and his henchman through sweaty jungle locations trying to stop and kill the pair.
Great cast,, good wity script, some nice action and prety good production values make this a really enjoyable romp.
On a side note how this was classified as 18 certificate in the U.K. is anybody's guess, certainly now it would warent a 15 age restriction.
A fun easy to watch piece of 90's action.
on 1 February 2014
400 million dollars is hidden in a boat in some in South America by Dani Servigo's brother.
When his brother gets killed, Dani is a wanted man - by undercover DEA agent Cole Parker and also by Armor O'Malley, who is working for drug boss Loomis.
Together, Servigo and Parker search for the boat....
After Highlander 2 bombed big time, tins went a little awry for Lambert. He's never been box office gols, but he's always been reliable.
This film marks a turning point for his career, and it starts of pretty badly. It's trying to be some sort of action film where the makers think we will have a good time because Lambert plays some sort of moron and Van Peebles is the straight guy.
It fails miserably due to the fact that it's too incoherent and Leary isn't how he was in Judgment Night, but here he didn't get enough screen time.
Instead we have the two leads in different set pieces involving water dunking, waterfalls, and lots of random extras being blown to bits.
Twenty years ago, this could have been a lot of fun, but these days, the film is dull even at four in the morning when you cannot sleep.
At least Patrick Stewart is in it, and he is hilarious for all the wrong reasons.