Joey Lauren Adams
All the actors carry the term grade-B to a whole new level. Ed Quinn, kind of a poor manís Christian Bale, is badly in need of some acting lessons as the grief stricken father of the kidnapped boy. (During some emotionally dramatic scenes he even smiles!) And what in the name of all that is holy is a gifted actor like Harvey Keitel doing in a flick this bad? Is he really that desperate for a paycheck, or was the arc of his character (a drug dealer who turns out to have a good side!) that great and I just missed it? In any case, any film that casts CHASING AMY lead Joey Lauren Adams as a member of an Anti-Terrorist Unit is in desperate need of a casting director who is not totally out of their mind. (It's probably the same one that cast Tara Reid as an anthropologist in ALONE IN THE DARK!) Granted this film was made back in 2002, but werenít beepers out of date even back then? Who cares. This is a film that deserves everything it gets, namely total obscurity. I had never heard of this film and still wish I hadnít. Forget vibrate mode, turn this BEEPER off and throw it in the goddamn garbage.
(Although I must say that even though I hated this flick, I still wouldíve listened to a Jack Shoulder commentary. His track on THE HIDDEN, where he revealed what it was really like to work with star Michael Nouri, are some of the most brutal and honest words ever to come out of a commentary. What would he have said about a raspberry of a flick like this one?!)