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The Peacemaker
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Sep 29, 2010 By: Daniel Rohr
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Director:
Mimi Leder

Actors:
Nicole Kidman
George Clooney
Armin Mueller-Stahl

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Some terrorists steal 10 nuclear warheads from a Russian train and it's up to Nicole Kidman and George Clooney to find and stop them.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The first fifteen minutes of THE PEACEMAKER has pretty much everything one could ever want out of a movie. Guns, bombs, the most beautiful use of lasers in any film ever, cold Russian scowls, train crashes, nuclear explosions, a booming score and some fat Russian titties. How can you possibly top that? Just look at that list, you can't but THE PEACEMAKER remains at least 90% as awesome during the rest of its 120 minute run time.

THE PEACEMAKER is so much more than the generic action-thriller I was expecting. Visually speaking, the film is just stunningly composed. The camera almost never stops moving. These aren't shitty cuts to cover lazy action either, there are some gorgeous long takes all throughout the movie. The action scenes are fantastic (and you can even see everything that's happening in them!) and since this movie came out before CGI came into heavy use, there are some actual stunts. Great ones too. I'm stunned the director, Mimi Leder, could really only turn this into two more big gigs (DEEP IMPACT and PAY IT FORWARD), because she damn sure knows what's she's doing.

Clooney absolutely kills his role. The man is just so damn likable and charismatic that you buy him as the bad-ass who gets shit done. All the actors besides Clooney and Kidman are pretty much unknowns and all hold their own.

The only real negative thing I can say is that time has not been kind to certain aspects of the film. There are AOL references, awful hair and Nicole Kidman wears more pleated pantsuits than I have fingers. Thoughts of the 9/11 attacks also took me out of the final scenes a bit but that's not the movie's fault.

One last thing, look out for what I now believe to be the two greatest "jumping away from explosions" scenes ever filmed. Particularly the second one, which is all the right kinds of insane.
THE EXTRAS
A pretty uninspiring set of features, with nothing you'd ever want to watch more than once, if at all.

Stunt Footage: Five minutes of comparisons between scenes being shot and the finished footage.

From the Cutting Room Floor Three minutes of outtakes mixed with some interviews.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Surprisingly great movie with some of the most memorable moments I've seen on film in quite some time. The sound and video are solid but there are no substantial special features.
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7:36AM on 10/01/2010

EXCELLENT

I didn't like Clooney until Dusk Till Dawn, that movie has a very cool vibe about him, the way Peacemaker was hyped I thought it will be a big success but it wasn't exactly a failure either. Overall an excellent thriller. The ending could have been a bit more interesting. I wish the American had even a hint of thrills that Peacemaker had it would have been fun to watch it over and over again.
I didn't like Clooney until Dusk Till Dawn, that movie has a very cool vibe about him, the way Peacemaker was hyped I thought it will be a big success but it wasn't exactly a failure either. Overall an excellent thriller. The ending could have been a bit more interesting. I wish the American had even a hint of thrills that Peacemaker had it would have been fun to watch it over and over again.
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10:55AM on 09/29/2010
Most reviews of this film aren't kind, and I've never really understood it. Sure, Clooney hadn't quite hit his stride, and as the first DreamWorks release, it might be sub-par, but I've always thought this was a surprisingly intelligent thriller, touching on post-Cold War politics and the Bosnian crisis while still entertaining the audience.
Most reviews of this film aren't kind, and I've never really understood it. Sure, Clooney hadn't quite hit his stride, and as the first DreamWorks release, it might be sub-par, but I've always thought this was a surprisingly intelligent thriller, touching on post-Cold War politics and the Bosnian crisis while still entertaining the audience.
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