Film Reviews by RC

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Rogue Male

Interesting Film

(Edit) 08/04/2021

I have been looking around for this film for some time. I vaguely remember the Fritz Lang treatment of the book from 1941 but this is a BBC production from 1976. Well filmed although it has a TV level production standard with a solid cast of well known British actors from the time including Alastair Sim, Harold Pinter, Ray Mort, Mark McManus, John Standing, & Maureen Lipman. Peter O'Toole carries off the lead well as the aristocratic hunter turned hunted, however the DVD extras says how ill he had been and its shows a little. It is perhaps not a thrill a minute stuff as in the 39 steps but is watchable all the same. O'Toole actually says this film is his favourite of all that he starred in.

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Jennifer 8

Poor film!

(Edit) 25/08/2020

I like Bruce Robinson's work but this is a poor film. Apparently he struggled on directing this and it shows in the final product which was not well received. Standard cliché driven cop drama which for me almost had a TV movie type vibe to it. Well used plotline of an individual cop (Andy Garcia) acting on his own "out there" murder theory against the doubts of his cop colleagues, the tension of which leads to an obvious fight scene with a fellow officer (yawn). Uma Thurman's contribution is somewhat lukewarm as the blind girl targeted by the killer (see Mia Farrow's better attempt in Blind Terror). Look out early on for the most obvious bit of product placement (Coca Cola Can being drank) involving Andy Garcia's character.

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Night Crossing

Enjoyable escape thriller

(Edit) 11/06/2020

This covers the true story of two families constructing their own balloon at home from raw materials with the aim of escaping from communist East Germany to the West. This is actually a film made by Disney in the eighties and the same story was filmed in 2018 as the German made film "Da Balloon". In this version of the story big hitters John Hurt, Beau Bridges and Jane Alexander all perform well playing Germans although the kids are all a bit too US in the accents for me. Overall it is worth a watch especially when in the last 30 mins it becomes a pure escape movie which gets really tense as the families tackle both the flight and dodge their stasis hunters. One distraction is the score which is a but overdone especially against the flight scenes. I have seen both this and Da Balloon and enjoyed both as the stories are all most identical. On balance I prefer Da Balloon as it is just a bit more authentic being a German made film.

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