Review Date: December 04, 2000
Director: Martin Campbell
Writer: Robert King, Terry Hayes
Producers: Martin Campbell, Robert King, Marcia Nasatir
But much unlike CLIFFHANGER, this film doesn't really have much going for it in terms of story, since it's basically just a "search and rescue" operation. The director seemed to want us to know a little bit about everyone involved, and in the end, we end up knowing very little about any of them, other than the basic two-dimensional info. There were also way too many of those typical "movie moments" in which one or two of the characters coincidentally get to relive something which they screwed up on earlier in their life. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not they actually succeed the second time around. Some of the film is also quite far-fetched, with the numero uno award going out to the genius who thought that packing nitro on all of the rescuers...was a good idea! The actors are also pretty static. There ain't much that one could say about Chris O'Donnell. He's there, he's good looking and he looks like he smells pretty. Tunney was pretty good in her role, and for once, decided not to show us her boobs. Which was nice. But in the end, anyone going to see this movie is going for the "money shots" from the trailer. You want to see people sliding down sides of mountains and barely hanging off the edge. You want to see O'Donnell attempt to jump from one side of a mountain to another. These scenes are there and the intensity is also there for those scenes...but it's just unfortunate that the film just runs on for too long, and too little a story and underdeveloped characters leave you wishing for more. See it for the cool action scenes, and call it a night.