Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Review Date: November 02, 1999
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Shane Black
Producers: Renny Harlin, Shane Black, Stephanie Austin
Geena Davis as Samantha Caine/Charly
Samuel L. Jackson as Mitch Henessey
Craig Bierko as Timothy
Woman with amnesia is living the life of a simple schoolteacher & doting mother when her memory suddenly jogs up her past as a professional assassin for the US government. Along with the help of a two-bit, wise-cracking gumshoe, she hits the road to discover her true identity.
Fun, unique action-thriller finally offers us an interesting female hero who alongside the humorous verbal quips from Sam Jackson, keep the film moving at an entertaining pace, despite a couple of small lulls here and there. I will admit to being biased in this case, since I do generally enjoy action films that are set during Christmas time, but this film should be fun for others as well, since it does offer a cool heroine, some great action sequences, a few over-the-top moments and Sam Jackson firing off jokes left and right. It's obvious that writer Shane Black drew his inspiration from the French classic LA FEMME NIKITA, which is a much deeper film with less humor, but for what this one is, it does okay. Don't expect the greatest action film of all-time, since the movie does seem to plod on at some points, but all in all, it is a fun time at the movies. I especially fell in love with the cooler than cool Casino hotel room that they bunked down in while in Atlantic City. Now THAT'S a room! Great dialogue, much funniness by the way of Jackson's character, some decent action scenes, a good premise, and definitely NOT a film to be taken seriously. If you're looking for mindless fun...look no further than this movie!
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