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A good conspiracy is an unprovable one....
on 4 September 2015
The thing with this film is that Gibson is doing his usual kooky schtick that we all know and love from other Donner movies and the action comedies that made him such a big hit in Hollywood after Mad Max. But, kooky and mental health problems really don't mix, so you find yourself never really warming to his character, because even though he says he isn't, Jerry is a potential threat to Alice, because the man is unpredictable, so the film is pretty unsure of what kind of genre it falls into.
The thought of Gibson and Roberts starring in a film together must have sounded like a license to print money in 1997, but it's easy to see why it didn't hit big at the box office.
If Donner had gone a little darker, and made it a full on thriller, it would've done much better, because it has dark elements, but Jerry is portrayed as a lovable dolt who's misunderstood.
Roberts is okay as Alice, and really comes into her own during the final act. Stewart plays Basil Exposition here, used only to explain story arcs and plot points to us via Roberts, but he plays a good spook.
But the Donner sheen is there, and any film featuring the Gibson and the director is worth watching, I just wished the studio had gone for the dark route, done a straight up thriller and got rid of the tagged on happy ending.